Powerful Nor'easter poised to hammer Eastern U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:23 PM GMT on December 18, 2009

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An intense and very wet Nor'easter is gathering strength over the Gulf of Mexico, and stands poised to generate heavy snow and possible blizzard conditions tonight through Saturday from the Smoky Mountains to New England, including the major cities of Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. The storm has already dumped up to three inches of snow in western North Carolina, and a foot or more of snow is likely over the mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Flooding from the storms' heavy rains will be a problem in Mississippi and Alabama, where up to six inches have fallen (Figure 1).


Figure 1. Total rainfall from the Dec 18 - 19 Nor'easter, as estimated by Birmingham, Alabama radar.

Tornadoes threaten Florida
Severe thunderstorms capable of generating tornadoes have developed along the storm's cold front, which is advancing over Florida today. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of Florida in its "Slight Risk" area for severe weather, and tornado warnings have already been issued for Homestead and Naples this morning, though no confirmed tornadoes have resulted from the warnings thus far. The threat of tornadoes will continue through mid-afternoon over Florida, then gradually decrease late this afternoon as the low-level winds align with the upper-level winds, creating less of the change of wind direction with height typically needed to create tornadoes.

You can track today's storm with our interactive tornado map and severe weather map.

Copenhagen
Our Climate Change expert, Dr. Ricky Rood, has left Copenhagen's COP15 climate change talks to resume his slightly saner life as a professor at the University of Michigan. His latest post, called The Party is Over: Copenhagen Devolved presents a fascinating look at what it was like to be at the conference, and what was (and was not) accomplished there. I'll be posting my own summary of the legacy of the Copenhagen talks early next week.

Jeff Masters

Ice Over Water... (JasonMac78)
..., or water over ice, whichever you prefer. In Abingdon,VA. We are under a winter storm warning in our area.
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620. Patrap
4:20 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Jeff Masters has a NEW BLOG...

pssst...come on over..LOL
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619. weatherbro
4:18 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
I have a strong hunch the next snowstorm is gonna get blocked from moving north so areas from the plains, the deep south(even the Gulf Coast), Southeast, and mid-Atlantic(if it bombs out the Northeast as well) watch out!!! Though modals have still not reached a consensus, at least the blocking now on top of Greenland will move well southwest by Tuesday(negating any storm systems next week from detouring up to Canada). Who knows, it may just cut through the middle of the country and exit the Carolina's/Virginia while still moving generally to the east.
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618. Bordonaro
4:14 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Expect wind gusts to 50MPH and up to 2-4" of snow through early Sunday
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617. Bordonaro
4:13 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
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616. VAbeachhurricanes
4:13 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting Bordonaro:
The L complex is reorganizing. Cold air is being dumped into the system. This will enhanse snowfall rates per hr. By early afternoon, expect pressure falls and expect incresing winds. Their is a Hurricane Wind Warning out off the E Coast.

Winds will pick up during the course of the day! Be prepared for possible power outages.


so your saying it hasnt been the worst for me yet?? winds will get stronger?
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615. Bordonaro
4:07 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
The L complex is reorganizing. Cold air is being dumped into the system. This will enhanse snowfall rates per hr. By early afternoon, expect pressure falls and expect incresing winds. Their is a Hurricane Wind Warning out off the E Coast.

Winds will pick up during the course of the day! Be prepared for possible power outages.
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614. EngineerJoe
4:05 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Wow, WV 20" of white stuff... I miss the snow being from Michigan, the experts say this noreaster is on its way to CT.
613. VAbeachhurricanes
4:02 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting Bordonaro:


Yes, your area will see wrap around moisture 2 to 4 inches! I am sorry you aren't getting slaughtered/hammered with snow, like everyone else!!


haha its ok :)as long as i see some! ill be ok.
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612. VAbeachhurricanes
4:01 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
wow winds have switched to out of the north and temps dropping like a rock... from 42 to 38 in less than an hour...
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611. Bordonaro
4:01 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
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Yes, your area will see wrap around moisture 2 to 4 inches! I am sorry you aren't getting slaughtered/hammered with snow, like everyone else!!
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610. adamjeeps
4:00 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


haha that cars not going anywhere soon lol


No but my 4x4 Avalanche in the garage will be out playing soon!!! Pics of the snow will follow!
609. tornadodude
3:58 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


haha that cars not going anywhere soon lol


definitely not haha
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608. AstroHurricane001
3:56 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting adamjeeps:


I lived in WV for several years and I believe their snow removal is top notch. I am sorry they are stuck but at the rate the snow has fallen there is little they can do. If you tell me where they are maybe I can give some info on where to stay.


They're most likely already in a hotel, waiting for the snow to be cleared. Looking at google maps, it looks likely that they took Highway 77 through West Virginia.
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607. VAbeachhurricanes
3:54 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting tornadodude:


wow that looks amazing!


haha that cars not going anywhere soon lol
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606. adamjeeps
3:52 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
My friend is stuck in West Virginia right now on her way to Florida, and they can't drive because there's about two feet of snow on the ground. It also looks like some parts of the state are likely to get more than 2 inches per hour before the snow clears out. I'd like to ask, does WV have adequate snow removal services?


I lived in WV for several years and I believe their snow removal is top notch. I am sorry they are stuck but at the rate the snow has fallen there is little they can do. If you tell me where they are maybe I can give some info on where to stay.
605. tornadodude
3:52 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting adamjeeps:
From Ruckersville, VA, just measured 20 inches on my deck.
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wow that looks amazing!
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604. AstroHurricane001
3:50 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


Have no idea about WVa specifically.
Budget cut-backs everywhere.
Only our major roads have been cleared, and nobody's apologizing for that.

Where are they? Are they on or can they get to '81, will it get them to where they want to go? There's plenty of hotels in Charles Town, WVa (raceway and slots). That looked like it was at least partially open.


Both Charles Town and Highway 81 appear to be in the far east of Virginia, is that the only slot that's been cleared of snow? It looks like that road will get them to Florida, but I have no idea what town they're in. Will check back after 12 EST.
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603. adamjeeps
3:48 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
From Ruckersville, VA, just measured 20 inches on my deck.
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602. AwakeInMaryland
3:47 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
My friend is stuck in West Virginia right now on her way to Florida, and they can't drive because there's about two feet of snow on the ground. It also looks like some parts of the state are likely to get more than 2 inches per hour before the snow clears out. I'd like to ask, does WV have adequate snow removal services?


Have no idea about WVa specifically.
Budget cut-backs everywhere.
Only our major roads have been cleared, and nobody's apologizing for that.

Where are they? Are they on or can they get to '81, will it get them to where they want to go? There's plenty of hotels in Charles Town, WVa (raceway and slots). That looked like it was at least partially open.
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601. AwakeInMaryland
3:43 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting adamjeeps:


Pics, didn't link, whats the secret?


hmmm, did you:

copy the URL AFTER the http and diagonal lines...
hit the blue "Link" link
paste the URL
Click on OK

You might want to check in "preview" to see if your link works...
then post.

Hope that helps. I'm not exactly an expert.
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600. AstroHurricane001
3:42 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
My friend is stuck in West Virginia right now on her way to Florida, and they can't drive because there's about two feet of snow on the ground. It also looks like some parts of the state are likely to get more than 2 inches per hour before the snow clears out. I'd like to ask, does WV have adequate snow removal services?
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599. VAbeachhurricanes
3:40 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
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598. VAbeachhurricanes
3:39 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting Bordonaro:
Good Morning TornadoDude and everyone :0)!!

It's beginning to look alot like a BOMB for Saturday, for the E Coast this year..Have some snow, about 2 or 3 feet of it, 50MPH wind gusts, 985MB L, DC has had 8-12" already, 8-12" more for them. Get ready Philly, NY and DC now, for skiing in the streets!!

Nothing like a generous helping of snow with your hot cocoa and marshmellows


hey bord, is there supposed to be moisture that builds back into my area? cause it looks pretty gimpy but they still expect 2 to 4 inches tonight
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597. adamjeeps
3:36 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting adamjeeps:
Hi all, just wanted to share some pics from Ruckersville, VA, 15 miles north of Charlottesville. I measured 15 inches at 7 am but closet to 20-22 now. Enjoy!
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Pics, didn't link, whats the secret?
596. adamjeeps
3:32 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Hi all, just wanted to share some pics from Ruckersville, VA, 15 miles north of Charlottesville. I measured 15 inches at 7 am but closet to 20-22 now. Enjoy!
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[IMG]http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/adamjeeps/December%2019%202009%20pictures%20from%20cam era/DSC01353.jpg[/IMG]
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595. AwakeInMaryland
3:27 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting Chapelhill:
Morning all -- Anybody have any info about power outages? Heard E Kentucky had outages. Anything in Va?

Not northern VA (DC metro area).
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594. AwakeInMaryland
3:23 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
OH! I got some great news yesterday (I think, LOL...remember, we're not supposed to be a dirty 4-letter word anymore, now that our leader is an experienced, respected guy from Florida Emergency Management!

This has been approved! What a great job -- I get training, I get to help people and I even get paid (modestly, taxpayers, modestly)! I've worked Community Relations and Individual Assistance since '05, so I'm hoping this won't be very tough going.

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593. Chapelhill
3:19 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Morning all -- Anybody have any info about power outages? Heard E Kentucky had outages. Anything in Va?
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592. tornadodude
3:15 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
well guys, I'm off for awhile, time to get some cleaning done :P I'll catch y'all later! stay safe!
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591. Bordonaro
3:13 PM GMT on December 19, 2009


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 2260
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0557 AM CST SAT DEC 19 2009

AREAS AFFECTED...ERN WV...NRN VA...MD...DE...SERN PA...NJ

CONCERNING...HEAVY SNOW

VALID 191157Z - 191800Z

BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW WITH RATES OF 1-2 IN/HR WILL PERSIST MAINLY FROM
ERN WV ACROSS NRN VA AND MD...DE...SERN PA AND SRN NJ. THE LONGEST
DURATION OF HEAVY SNOW RATES IS LIKELY TO BE OVER ERN WV...NRN
VA...AND MUCH OF MD.

A LARGE SHIELD OF SNOW CURRENTLY EXTENDS FROM NEAR THE UPPER LOW
CENTER OVER WV EWD N OF A DEEPENING SURFACE LOW. WARM ADVECTION
COUPLED WITH DEEP LAYER FRONTOGENESIS IS RESULTING IN PERSISTENT AND
MULTIPLE W-E BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW. DUE TO THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF THE
TROUGH...LONG DURATIONS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL OCCUR. THROUGH
18Z...EXPECT A SLIGHT PIVOT OF THE SNOW BANDS TO A WSW-ENE
ORIENTATION AS THE LOW LEVEL WINDS BACK A BIT. BROAD...PERSISTENT
FRONTOGENESIS SHOULD RESULT IN FURTHER CONSOLIDATION OF THE SNOW
BANDS OVER THE MCD AREA.

AS THE UPPER LOW PIVOTS EWD...COOLING ALOFT MAINLY ABOVE 650 MB WILL
RESULT IN A DEEPER DENDRITIC GROWTH LAYER YIELDING A MORE
TEMPERATURE PROFILE FOR PARTICULARLY HEAVY SNOW FROM 12-18Z ACROSS
ERN WV...NRN VA...AND CNTRL MD. SNOW RATES COULD INCREASE TO MORE
THAN 2 IN/HR AT TIMES.

..JEWELL.. 12/19/2009
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590. tornadodude
3:11 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
My forecast:

Wednesday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday: A chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday Night: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Christmas Day: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
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589. nyhurricaneboy
3:06 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Snow will start any second, I can feel it! :P

P.S. Please come to chat for a more in-depth discussion of the storm!
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588. Bordonaro
3:06 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

THE SURFACE LOW WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE TO THE NORTHEAST JUST OFF
THE NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA COASTLINES AND STRENGTHEN THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. A WIDE BAND OF HEAVY SNOWFALL IS
ONGOING TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE LOW TRACK...AND THIS WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. TOTAL
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ON THE ORDER OF 12 TO 24 INCHES ARE LIKELY BEFORE
THE EVENT ENDS...WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THIS
INCLUDES CITIES FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE...TO WASHINGTON D.C....TO
PHILADELPHIA...AND NEW YORK CITY.

THE NEXT STORM SUMMARY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL
PREDICTION CENTER AT 400 PM EST. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS
EVENT.



SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 100 AM EST TUE DEC
18 THROUGH 1000 AM EST SAT DEC 19...

...DELAWARE...
WOODSIDE 9.8
SMYRNA 8.0
DOVER 5.0

...MARYLAND...
HOLLYWOOD 11.0
LOTHIAN 3 SW 10.0
SILVER SPRING 1 ESE 9.0
TANEYTOWN 1 NE 9.0
WESTERNPORT 9.0
ANNAPOLIS 8.8
GLENN DALE 3 ENE 8.5
FREDERICK 8.0
ELKRIDGE 7.5
BALTIMORE 6.0

...NORTH CAROLINA ...
ROBBINSVILLE 12 W 24.0
ASHEVILLE 17.0
BOONE 16.0
EAST MARION 15.0
FLEETWOOD 14.0
WAYNESVILLE 13.8
WEST JEFFERSON 13.0
MARSHALL 7 N 12.0
ROXBORO 6.7
GREENSBORO 4.5

...NEW JERSEY...
BRIDGETON 7.3
HAMMONTON 5.7
ESTELL MANOR 5.5

...VIRGINIA...
GREENVILLE 3 E 22.0
AFTON MOUNTAIN 21.0
COVINGTON 21.0
CHARLOTTESVILLE 15.0
BLACKSBURG 14.2
RUTHER GLEN 14.0
LOUISA 12.3
SHORT PUMP 11.8
NEW MARKET 1 WSW 11.0
MANASSAS 1 ESE 8.0

...WEST VIRGINIA...
MARLINTON 26.0
FRIARS HILL 25.0
WILLIAMSBURG 22.0
GRANDVIEW 21.0
ELKINS 18.0
HINTON 17.0
ATHENS 16.0
BECKLEY 16.0
PRINCETON 14.4
CLARKSBURG 9.0
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587. AwakeInMaryland
3:04 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Awwwwww, and it's just so cute (not really)...

N. America's biggest fish slips toward extinction
By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer
Thu Dec 17, 8:16 pm ET

Link

In part:

BILLINGS, Mont. – As efforts falter to save North America's largest freshwater fish — a toothless beast left over from the days of dinosaurs — officials hope to stave off extinction by sending more water hurtling down a river so the fish can spawn in the wild.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday declared that attempts over the past two years to save the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon had failed.

The prehistoric sturgeon, characterized by its large head and armor-like scales, can reach 19 feet long and top 1,000 pounds.

An isolated population of the species lives along a stretch of the Kootenai that passes through Montana, northern Idaho and southern British Columbia. Fewer than 500 of the bottom-feeding behemoths survive — and it's been 35 years since they successfully spawned.

The problem is Libby Dam, a hydroelectric facility in Montana run by the Army Corps of Engineers that serves power markets in the Pacific Northwest. When the dam went up in 1974, it stopped periodic flooding of Bonners Ferry, Idaho — but also high water flows that triggered the sturgeon to move upriver and spawn.

After years of litigation, the federal government agreed to alter how it runs the dam and more closely mimic historical water flows. That hasn't worked, and fisheries officials and the Corps now say they plan to spill more water over the dam next spring.

It could be one of the last chances to stave off disaster for the massive fish: Biologists say it could be on track for extinction within the next decade unless a fix is found.
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586. Bordonaro
3:03 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Good Morning TornadoDude and everyone :0)!!

It's beginning to look alot like a BOMB for Saturday, for the E Coast this year..Have some snow, about 2 or 3 feet of it, 50MPH wind gusts, 985MB L, DC has had 8-12" already, 8-12" more for them. Get ready Philly, NY and DC now, for skiing in the streets!!

Nothing like a generous helping of snow with your hot cocoa and marshmellows
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585. tornadodude
3:01 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
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584. PcolaDan
3:01 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
BWI web site not working right but I got this. Partial list, it keeps going. Out for real this time.

flight from sch time act time status gate bag
USE4395 PHILADELPHIA 8:41 AM 9:55 AM DELAYED D36
FL817 MILWAUKEE 9:11 AM 10:56 AM CANCELLED XXX 14
CO2847 NEWARK 9:13 AM 9:48 AM CANCELLED D12 12
FL948 FT. LAUDERDALE 9:14 AM 12:18 PM CANCELLED XXX 14
FL486 ORLANDO 9:55 AM 9:55 AM CANCELLED 14
SWA1727 TAMPA 9:55 AM 9:55 AM CANCELLED A9 2
SWA2767 JACKSONVILLE 9:55 AM 9:55 AM CANCELLED A2 3
SWA2486 INDIANAPOLIS 10:00 AM 10:00 AM CANCELLED B2 4
CO5610 CLEVELAND 10:05 AM 10:05 AM CANCELLED D16 12
SWA1119 DETROIT 10:05 AM 10:05 AM CANCELLED A3 3
SWA2514 MANCHESTER 10:05 AM 10:05 AM CANCELLED A11 2
FL452 ATLANTA 10:07 AM 10:22 AM CANCELLED XXX 14
FL325 BOSTON 10:07 AM 10:07 AM CANCELLED 14
SWA2971 ORLANDO 10:10 AM 10:10 AM CANCELLED A7 2
DL6089 CINCINNATI 10:18 AM 10:18 AM CANCELLED C10
USE3031 PHILADELPHIA 10:22 AM 10:22 AM CANCELLED D37
DL1876 ATLANTA 10:23 AM 10:23 AM ON TIME C7 9
SWA812 NASHVILLE 10:25 AM 10:25 AM CANCELLED B6 4
SWA1936 PROVIDENCE 10:25 AM 10:25 AM CANCELLED A1 3
9K1522 LANCASTER 10:32 AM 10:32 AM CANCELLED D12 12
9K1502 HAGERSTOWN 10:33 AM 10:33 AM CANCELLED D12 12
SWA1732 BUFFALO 10:35 AM 10:35 AM CANCELLED B4 4
SWA2315 ST. LOUIS 10:35 AM 10:35 AM CANCELLED A10 2
SWA1718 BIRMINGHAM 10:40 AM 10:40 AM CANCELLED A4 3
SWA2562 FT. LAUDERDALE 10:45 AM 10:45 AM CANCELLED B5 5
SWA2929 HARTFORD 10:50 AM 10:50 AM CANCELLED A9 2
SWA1795 RALEIGH / DURHAM 10:55 AM 10:55 AM CANCELLED B8 4
SWA2239 ALBANY 11:00 AM 11:00 AM CANCELLED A11 2
SWA2802 CHICAGO 11:00 AM 11:00 AM CANCELLED A2 3
AA3970 CHICAGO 11:10 AM 11:10 AM CANCELLED C6
FL465 ATLANTA 11:18 AM 11:48 AM CANCELLED XXX 14
SWA88 AUSTIN 11:20 AM 11:20 AM CANCELLED B2 4
US1434 CHARLOTTE 11:24 AM 11:54 AM DELAYED D24
SWA1698 PROVIDENCE 11:25 AM 11:25 AM CANCELLED A3 3
SWA1959 MANCHESTER 11:25 AM 11:25 AM CANCELLED A7 2
SWA1843 MILWAUKEE 11:30 AM 11:30 AM CANCELLED B6 4
SWA2994 ORLANDO 11:30 AM 11:30 AM CANCELLED B7 5
UA326 CHICAGO 11:35 AM 11:35 AM CANCELLED
CO626 HOUSTON 11:39 AM 11:14 AM CANCELLED D14 12
DL4251 MEMPHIS 11:42 AM 11:42 AM ON TIME C13 9
DL1878 ATLANTA 11:50 AM 11:50 AM CANCELLED C12
SWA1522 HOUSTON 11:50 AM 11:50 AM CANCELLED A1 3
SWA3092 BOSTON 11:50 AM 11:50 AM CANCELLED B4 4
DL3126 DETROIT 11:52 AM 11:52 AM ON TIME C11 9
FL953 FT. LAUDERDALE 11:54 AM 11:54 AM CANCELLED 14
USE4427 PHILADELPHIA 11:57 AM 11:57 AM CANCELLED D41
FL826 BOSTON 12:00 PM 12:00 PM CANCELLED 14
MC15 MC GUIRE AFB 12:00 PM 12:00 PM CANCELLED E3 14
NW2156 DETROIT 12:03 PM 12:03 PM CANCELLED C11 9
AA1678 DALLAS / FT. WORTH 12:05 PM 12:05 PM CANCELLED C8
FL476 TAMPA 12:08 PM 12:08 PM CANCELLED 14
FL467 ORLANDO 12:15 PM 12:52 PM CANCELLED D25 14
SWA2390 LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR 12:20 PM 12:20 PM CANCELLED A4 3
SWA2427 SAN ANTONIO 12:20 PM 12:20 PM CANCELLED A10 2
SWA1417 WEST PALM BEACH 12:40 PM 12:40 PM CANCELLED B5 5
B61323 BOSTON 12:42 PM 12:42 PM CANCELLED C4
DL1880 ATLANTA 12:48 PM 12:48 PM ON TIME C7 9
SWA2321 ORLANDO 12:50 PM 12:50 PM CANCELLED A9 2
SWA2574 NASHVILLE 12:50 PM 12:50 PM CANCELLED B8 4
DL6210 CINCINNATI 12:52 PM 12:52 PM CANCELLED C10
SWA1870 HARTFORD 12:55 PM 12:55 PM CANCELLED A2 3
9K1524 LANCASTER 1:02 PM 1:02 PM CANCELLED D12 12
SWA2493 RALEIGH / DURHAM 1:10 PM 1:10 PM CANCELLED A11 2
USE2206 CHARLOTTE 1:11 PM 1:11 PM ON TIME D36
AA4326 CHICAGO 1:15 PM 1:15 PM CANCELLED C6
SWA1083 CHICAGO 1:20 PM 1:20 PM CANCELLED B7 5
SWA1460 FORT MYERS 1:20 PM 1:20 PM CANCELLED A3 3
DL3102 MINNEAPOLIS 1:25 PM 1:25 PM ON TIME C11 9
SWA551 LA GUARDIA - NEW YORK 1:25 PM 1:25 PM CANCELLED A1 3
SWA1435 MANCHESTER 1:25 PM 1:25 PM CANCELLED B2 4
SWA2857 PROVIDENCE 1:25 PM 1:25 PM CANCELLED B6 4
DL4249 MINNEAPOLIS 1:28 PM 1:28 PM ON TIME
NW5780 MINNEAPOLIS 1:28 PM 1:28 PM CANCELLED C11 9
SWA2591 DENVER 1:30 PM 1:30 PM CANCELLED A7 2
CO2342 CLEVELAND 1:32 PM 1:32 PM CANCELLED D16 12
SWA1473 TAMPA 1:45 PM 2:05 PM CANCELLED A10 2
UA580 CHICAGO 1:50 PM 1:50 PM CANCELLED
FL632 DAYTON 1:55 PM 1:55 PM ON TIME D03 14
DL1882 ATLANTA 1:56 PM 1:56 PM ON TIME C7 9
UA752 DENVER 1:59 PM 1:59 PM CANCELLED
SWA631 BUFFALO 2:00 PM 2:00 PM CANCELLED B4 4
FL635 TAMPA 2:03 PM 2:03 PM CANCELLED 14
AC7932 TORONTO 2:08 PM 2:08 PM CANCELLED E4 13
SWA1114 NEW ORLEANS 2:10 PM 2:10 PM CANCELLED A4 3
USE4381 PHILADELPHIA 2:11 PM 2:11 PM CANCELLED D37
FL689 SARASOTA / BRADENTON 2:18 PM 2:18 PM ON TIME D27 14
SWA1458 NORFOLK 2:20 PM 2:20 PM CANCELLED A2 3
SWA1569 COLUMBUS 2:20 PM 2:45 PM DELAYED B5 5
SWA2479 PHOENIX 2:20 PM 2:20 PM CANCELLED A9 2
FL151 MIAMI 2:21 PM 2:21 PM CANCELLED 14
SWA1945 NASHVILLE 2:25 PM 2:25 PM CANCELLED B8 4
SWA2408 BOSTON 2:25 PM 2:25 PM CANCELLED B2 4
SWA3019 KANSAS CITY 2:25 PM 2:25 PM ON TIME A11 2
AA862 MIAMI 2:30 PM 2:30 PM CANCELLED
USE3146 CHARLOTTE 2:42 PM 2:42 PM ON TIME D26
CO2355 NEWARK 2:45 PM 2:00 PM CANCELLED D16 12
SWA189 ALBANY 2:45 PM 2:45 PM ON TIME A3 3
SWA2067 OKLAHOMA CITY 2:45 PM 2:45 PM CANCELLED B7 5
SWA2230 ORLANDO 2:55 PM 2:55 PM ON TIME B6 4
FL769 WEST PALM BEACH 2:57 PM 2:57 PM CANCELLED 14
FL923 FT. LAUDERDALE 2:59 PM 2:59 PM CANCELLED XXX 14
SWA1055 ST. LOUIS 3:00 PM 3:00 PM CANCELLED A7 2
SWA2212 DETROIT 3:00 PM 3:00 PM ON TIME A10 2
SWA2261 HARTFORD 3:00 PM 3:00 PM CANCELLED A1 3
SWA2832 TAMPA 3:00 PM 3:00 PM ON TIME B4 4
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583. tornadodude
2:58 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Good morning Bob!
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582. Bordonaro
2:57 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
TES, IT'S A BOMB

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581. AwakeInMaryland
2:55 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
History buffs -- our biggest storm, Jan. 1922,
the Knickerbocker storm (bldg. came down), 22"

Wonder if we'll beat that...some places have that now...but I think it has to be official at National Airport, so maybe/prob. not.

All Smithsonian Museum bldgs closed, first time since 1996. They will be closed tomorrow, too. That's sad because there's some school groups visiting.
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580. AwakeInMaryland
2:51 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting PcolaDan:
Morn all, just stopped in for a second, on the run this morning. Here is the link for the traffic cams. See the snow in NJ started but not so much NY. DC area getting it good. Talk to you later.


See you later, Dan! Thnx for cams.
I was going to tell you to drive carefully, pfft. Forgot where you were for a sec., lol.
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579. nyhurricaneboy
2:51 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Good morning all. :)

NYC is gonna get walloped today... some local mets are forecasting up to 15 inches.

BREAK OUT THE HOT COCOA!!!!

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578. PcolaDan
2:49 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Morn all, just stopped in for a second, on the run this morning. Here is the link for the traffic cams. See the snow in NJ started but not so much NY. DC area getting it good. Talk to you later.
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577. Grothar
2:45 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Philadelphia (PHL)

current weather:21 °F
obscured
Heavy snow
Winds are the the from the NE at 23 MPH gusting to 32 MPH (direction variable)
Visbility is 1/8 mile(s)
Pressure (altimeter) 29.75 in. Hg
airport status:Due to WEATHER / SNOW-ICE, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA (PHL). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 6 hours and 11 minutes.
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576. AwakeInMaryland
2:40 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Thanks, guyz!

National Airport has one "lane" open.

Dulles International has two.
A few flights have gone out.

There aren't too many planes on the ground here, so planes would have to come in to load them up.

I know they'll keep National open as long as possible, because that's the one our VIPs often use, and subway stops there.

Haven't heard any updates on BWI.
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575. Grothar
2:36 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 11 AM EST SUNDAY...

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 11 AM EST SUNDAY.

INTENSE LOW PRESSURE TRACKING UP THE COAST TODAY INTO TONIGHT WILL RESULT IN A PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW AND HIGH WINDS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED. WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE... ESPECIALLY LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. THESE STRONG WINDS ALONG WITH THE HEAVY SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO UNDER A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES... AND CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW.

SIGNIFICANT VARIATION IN SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WARNING AREA BASED ON WHERE BANDING OF SNOWFALL DEVELOPS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS... MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED... STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

&&

More Information
... STRONG WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON INTO SUNDAY MORNING...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY AS IT TRACKS FROM OFF THE DELMARVA COAST THIS AFTERNOON... SOUTHEAST OF LONG ISLAND TONIGHT... AND SOUTHEAST OF CAPE COD BY SUNDAY MORNING. THE INTENSE LOW WILL PRODUCE A SWATH OF HEAVY SNOWFALL... AS WELL AS A CORRIDOR OF HIGH WINDS.

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574. tornadodude
2:34 PM GMT on December 19, 2009

Blizzard Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
908 AM EST SAT DEC 19 2009

DCZ001-MDZ006-007-009>011-VAZ052>057-192215-
/O.EXA.KLWX.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-091219T2300Z/
/O.EXT.KLWX.WS.W.0008.000000T0000Z-091220T1100Z/
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-
SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...GAITHERSBURG...COLUMBIA...
BALTIMORE...MANASSAS...MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...
FALLS CHURCH...FREDERICKSBURG
908 AM EST SAT DEC 19 2009

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING...
...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO
6 AM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS
EVENING. THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS
EVENING TO 6 AM EST SUNDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...HEAVY SNOW WITH ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 22
INCHES THROUGH TONIGHT.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. SNOW
WILL BE HEAVIEST BETWEEN 8 AM AND 6 PM TODAY.

* TEMPERATURES...UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S THROUGH THE EVENT...LOW
TO MID 30S IN COASTAL SOUTHERN MARYLAND.

* WINDS...15 TO 25 MPH...WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH DURING THE DAY
TODAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

&&
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573. tornadodude
2:32 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
570. Matt, pls. copy & paste jersey's and send to me, too, please, when you have a sec. TIA!


done
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572. tornadodude
2:28 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Lafayette, Purdue University Airport
Lat: 40.43 Lon: -86.93 Elev: 623
Last Update on Dec 19, 8:54 am EST

Light Snow Fog/Mist

32 °F
(0 °C)
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Speed: N 6 MPH
Barometer: 29.84" (1010.8 mb)
Dewpoint: 30 °F (-1 °C)
Wind Chill: 26 °F (-3 °C)
Visibility: 1.00 mi.
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571. AwakeInMaryland
2:28 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
570. Matt, pls. copy & paste jersey's and send to me, too, please, when you have a sec. TIA!
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570. tornadodude
2:25 PM GMT on December 19, 2009
Quoting jerseygrl:
P451, you ain't makin' me feel any better here...

We've got about 1/2 inch so far, coming down pretty hard. Temp has only dropped to 26 yet.

Can someone PM me a quick tutorial on posting photos? Thanx


you have mail :P
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