DC, Virginia, Maryland Midweek Snowstorm.Based on the latest information, the area that is most likely to receive a foot or more of snow lies from northwestern North Carolina through northern and western Virginia, the mountains of West Virginia and western and part of central Maryland. Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg and Winchester, Va.; Frederick and Hagerstown, Md. and Martinsburg, W.Va. appear to be in the middle of the zone with the greatest snow potential. This potential would be immobilizing snow. The weight of heavy, weight snow can bring down trees and power lines in this area. However, dozens of other cities in the region could receive anywhere from a couple of inches of slush to a foot or more of back-breaking snow. These include Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., Richmond, Va., Dover, Del. and Vineland, N.J. These areas are likely to receive rain during part of the storm and a larger percentage of the snow that falls is more likely to melt for a time. As the rate of snow becomes heavy, roads can quickly become clogged with snow, potentially stranding motorists. Deicing time will increase at area airports in the path of the storm. Potential flight delays and cancellations from heavy snow will hit Minneapolis and Chicago first, then will spread to multiple airports in the I-95 mid-Atlantic with the possibility of delayed aircraft and crews elsewhere across the nation.
There is still the risk the storm strengthens upon nearing the coast and either turns farther to the north or grows in size spreading snow and other effects farther north. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg are also on the bubble with the chance of a period of heavier snow that can bring a big accumulation or lesser snow to primarily a rain/snow mix. These details will not be known until the storm is virtually under way. A shift in track of the storm and its heavy snow by 50 miles can make the difference. New York City is likely to be on the northernmost edge of the lesser snow area. Unless the storm stalls and expands substantially northward, a heavy snowfall appears to be a low probability. Cape Cod and Long Island, which extend out into the Atlantic a bit more, have a slightly higher chance of a period of accumulating snow. A slightly more southerly track would throw heavier snow farther south over western and central North Carolina. As a result folks in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Raleigh, N.C. and Norfolk, Va. should watch this storm closely.
Wind, Coastal Flooding and Beach Erosion
Based on the latest information, AccuWeather.com meteorologists feel this storm will deliver the punch of a moderate to strong nor'easter. Such storms produce winds over a large fetch of water and drive that water toward the coast. The shape of the coast and wind direction determines which areas are most susceptible to coastal flooding. The duration and strength of the onshore wind determines the severity of the water rise.
Winds can become strong enough to cause sporadic power outages from eastern North Carolina to southern New Jersey. Gusts to 60 mph are possible. A 24 to 48 hour period of pounding surf will cause moderate beach erosion in these areas. Offshore seas can reach 30 feet. Areas from eastern North Carolina to southern New Jersey are most likely to have coastal flooding problems during times of high tide Wednesday into Thursday. While it is a bit too early to be highly confident on water level rises, there is a chance of tides levels running between 2 to 4 feet above published values. Fortunately, astronomical impact around the time of the storm be minimal with significant distance between the new and full moon phases. Because of the track and speed as to which the storm will strengthen, the risk of coastal flooding problems over portions of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays cannot be eliminated at this time. There may be a period where winds are from a direction to cause water to back up. - AccuWeather.
WATCH: Snow spreading East.
Pacific Storm Pushes Heavy Snow, Winds Into Alberta, Saskatchewan.
Precipitation from this system had already started to fall last night, in a line from west-central Alberta into southern Saskatchewan, with Edmonton reporting light rain in the evening and freezing rain around midnight. This switched over to all snow, heavy at times, overnight and continued to fall through the morning, with gusty winds causing blowing and drifting snow.
The storm is spreading into southern Alberta this morning. Heavy snowfall is expected at times throughout the day, dropping between 10-15 centimetres of snow by tonight, with blowing snow from winds gusting up to 70 km/h. The snow is expected to stop in central Alberta this afternoon, and in southern Alberta by midnight tonight, however with the strong winds, blowing snow will remain a concern until Monday.
Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for much of central Alberta, and winter storm warnings for southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. The Canadian Avalanche Centre is still warning of a high risk of avalanches in the Columbia Mountains, and in the Rocky Mountains from the South Rockies to Jasper.
Anyone traveling today should be cautious as road conditions worsen and visibility is reduced by blowing snow. A few flight delays and one cancellation have already been reported at Edmonton International Airport, and more delays and cancellations are likely at airports throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan as the system spreads and the winds increase in speed. - Yahoo.
Winter Storm Saturn Sets Its Sights On Southeastern Wisconsin.
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If this sounds familiar, this is the third storm in as many weeks to barrel through the area during a winter that started off relatively warm and rainy. For those keeping track, this is Winter Storm Saturn.
Current predictions have the storm dumping totals of 6-9 inches over much of the southern third of the state, beginning Monday night. Light to moderate snow will develop between 9 p.m. and midnight Monday, according to Weather Watch 12, and periods of moderate to heavy snow will be possible after midnight and through Tuesday.
Also like Rocky, the storm that had exceeded expectations of how much snow would fall, Saturn will likely feature lake-enhanced snow, bringing a higher potential for heavy snow totals along Lake Michigan. Brisk northeast winds developing by Tuesday afternoon are to blame for that, and will also cause blowing and drifting snow into Tuesday night for everyone else. - Waukesha Patch.
Lowest Temperatures For A Century Hits Calcutta, India.Dressing for the cold has become a major talking point in Calcutta, where the temperatures are the lowest for a century. One piece of cold-weather gear appears to be de rigueur in this city - the monkey hat. When my newspapers started arriving two hours late, I asked the delivery man why. He replied: "No-one can get up early in this cold so why do you need your papers? Go with the flow." At least I think that's what he said, I could hardly hear through my earmuffs. When you think of India you think of heat - whether it is the country's temperature, or its food. So how do people here cope with winter? Well, that varies from region to region. When I asked a friend of mine from southern India they laughed as they replied: "We do not have a winter, it is always hot." My family in Delhi - in the north, where the temperature really does drop - just shrugged their shoulders and said: "We are used to it".
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For those of you who have never seen a monkey cap here is a quick description. It is a thick woollen hat that totally covers your head, your neck and your ears. The only parts which are open to the elements are the mouth, eyes and nose. It has come to be known here in India as the Bengali topi or hat. Basically, it looks a bit like a balaclava. When an American friend of mine landed at Calcutta airport recently, to be greeted by the sight of everyone walking about wearing one, he joked that he thought that he had walked into a city holding a bank robbers' convention.
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Texas Blizzard Breaks 120-Year Old Record.
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the I-40 service road during Monday’s blizzard. (AP Photo).
Toronto Breaks February Snowfall Record.
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snow, Feb. 27, 2013 Photo by: Momin Qureshi/680News
Toronto broke a snowfall record for Feb. 27, according to Environment Canada. At Pearson International Airport, 12.4 centimetres of the heavy wet snow covered the ground, breaking the record of 7.1 centimetres set in 1967.
The slush is still flooding some city streets. City officials are asking homeowners to stop shovelling the slushy snow onto the road as it’s blocking the catch basins. According to a report in the Toronto Sun, the city said the cost to clean up Wednesday’s slushy mess is around $2.5-million. However, that figure doesn’t cover any potential plowing, Thursday. Toronto had set aside $82-million for snow removal this winter. Peter Noehammer, director of Toronto’s Transportation Services, told theSunthat despite Toronto’s rough winter, the snow budget is still in “pretty good shape.” - 680 News.
Heavy Snowfall Knocks Out Power To Thousands In Quebec.
Six People Die As Blizzards Hit Northern Japan.
Massive Ice Balls Attracting Attention Along Lake Michigan.
People in Michigan are enjoying a very cool winter sight. Massive ice balls are washing ashore. They are created when pieces of ice break away from ice floes in the lake and are rounded off by waves. Thousands of them have piled up near Good Harbor Bay where they have become quite an attraction for local residents and tourists. - MyFOX Chicago.
WATCH: Ice boulders roll onto shores of Lake Michigan.