Tuesday, March 05, 2013

brace for impact

Snow—a lot of it—is supposedly heading my way in the next 48 hours. See here.

Impacts from a storm targeting millions of people in the eastern states will range from travel disruptions and power outages caused by heavy snow to coastal flooding from storm surge.

A major storm will bring heavy snow from parts of North Carolina to portions of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey spanning Wednesday into Thursday.

The storm will be moving through the central Appalachians toward the mid-Atlantic coast during the middle of the week, after blasting portions of the Plains and Midwest Monday into Tuesday.

Based on the latest information, the area that is most likely to receive a foot or more of snow lies across the higher elevations of eastern West Virginia into western parts of Virginia.

Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg and Winchester, Va.; Frederick and Hagerstown, Md. and Martinsburg, W.Va. appear to have some of the greatest snow potential. This potential would be dangerous, travel-halting snow. The weight of heavy snow can bring down trees and power lines in this area.

I live about 15 miles from the border with West Virginia, so I'd say I qualify as living in "western parts of Virginia." And Winchester is just 30 minutes north of me.


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