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

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

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...
Ice Over Water...
..., or water over ice, whichever you prefer. In Abingdon,VA. We are under a winter storm warning in our area.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

ok...so now we are having about a 75/25 sleet and snow mix...more sleet than snow right now...yes!!...but i just read an updated discussion, where the nws seems to think as the low comes up the coast...the wrap around will switch everything back over to all snow in 6-8 hours...and become heavy at times...they still say 4-8 more on top of this...yay...sounds like loads of fun...
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Perth
Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 64
TROPICAL CYCLONE LAURENCE, CAT 1 (01U)
12:00 pm AWST December 19 2009
==========================================

At 11:00 am WST, Tropical Cyclone Laurence, Category One (990 hPa) located at 16.7S 122.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts of 60 knots. The cyclone was estimated to be 140 kms north of Broome and moving west northwest at 8 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Laurence has rapidly redeveloped after moving off the west Kimberley coast.

GALES are occurring at offshore islands and may develop along the coast between Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay this afternoon as the system continues to intensify. GALES may extend further down the coast to Broome and Bidyadanga later today or early on Sunday. As the system moves south westwards GALES could extend further down the coast to De Grey by Monday morning. The system is expected to take a more southerly track on Monday and then south eastwards towards the north Pilbara coast on Tuesday.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue today in coastal parts of the west Kimberley with 24 hour falls in excess of 100mm possible.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
=================================
A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Bidyadanga.

A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal areas from Bidyadanga to De Grey.
Orca, welcome to the Saturday Blizzard preview for the E Coast of the US. So far a report of 24" from 12 mi W or Robbinville, NC is the largest report.

Reports of more than 12" of snow have been reported in WV, NC, and VA. Areas like Richmond, VA who see 8" of snow a winter have already had 8" or so in 10 hrs.

The fun begins in about 12 hrs, when the surface L's off of SC and NC move northward and intensify as the move at a moderate pace towards the DELMARVA, towards Nantucket Isl, RI, then out to sea.

Widepread 15-25" snowfalls have been predicted for the W NC, WV, W VA, MD, NJ into Long Island.
MAN, TC Laurence won't give up the ghost..Back from the dead to haunt Australia some more!!
My friend in Richmond, VA, you'll be alright! Chalk this up as an experience.

I lived in Long Island from 1965 to 1979. I saw 4 storms in those 14 yrs that dropped over 12" of snow. It is a rare occurrence. Just try to stay off the roads.
Laurence is forecasted to intensify to near 95 knots, Category 4 on their scale.



oh look an eye feature already
oh, ill be fine...ive been through a few decent storms...i just dont like dealing with the headache...we are having heavy sleet with light snow on top of it right now...which im greatful for, bc it would have been alot more if not for the sleet...but were still supposed to end up with 10-16 inches what there saying now...
At 2:00 pm WST Tropical Cyclone Laurence, Category 1 (987 hPa) located at 16.9S 122.2E has 10 minute sustained winds of 45 knots with gusts of 65 knots. The cyclone was estimated to be 120 kms north of Broome and moving southwest at 3 knots.

Gale Force Winds
=================
25 NM from the center in northeast quadrant
35 NM from the center in northwest quadrant
20 NM from the center in southwest quadrant
35 NM from the center in southeast quadrant

Dvorak Intensity:

Tropical Cyclone Laurence is moving southwest close to the Kimberley coast.

GALES are occurring at offshore islands and may develop along the coast between Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay later this afternoon or this evening as the system continues to intensify. GALES may extend further down the coast to Broome and Bidyadanga later today or early on Sunday, possibly reaching Wallal by late Sunday. GALES could extend further down the coast to Port Hedland on Monday. The system is expected to take a more southerly track on Monday and then south eastwards towards the north Pilbara coast.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue today in coastal parts of the west Kimberley with 24 hour falls in excess of 100mm possible.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
==================================
A Cyclone WARNING has been declared for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Wallal including Broome.

A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for coastal areas from Wallal to Port Hedland and adjacent inland parts of the Pilbara.

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 17.2S 121.4E - 60 knots (CAT 2)
24 HRS: 17.8S 120.8E - 65 knots (CAT 3)
48 HRS: 18.9S 120.5E - 100 knots (CAT 4)
72 HRS: 19.9S 120.9E - 80 knots (CAT 3)

Additional Information
=========================
Ex-TC Laurence has moved off the west Kimberley coast north of Broome. The circulation has excellent structure through some depth, a moist profile is already established, vertical shear is low and oceanic heat content is high so the system is expected to rapidly reintensify. Near gales have been reported from an island off the coast just after the system went off shore, but unfortunately that site has stopped reporting. A wrap of 0.7 to 0.8 was obtained on morning VIS images. Intensity analysis has been based largely on the available observations.

Once it redevelops it will experience a weak deep layer steering pattern, motion will slow and become more southerly. In the longer term the system is expected to be caught up on upper westerly flow with a short wave feature that comes through on Tuesday.
Quoting leftyy420:
It is snowing so hard. We have to be at 10 or 11 inches. Hard to measure now. The winds have picked up big time and we have blowing and drifting snow.

They are calling for 20-27" I think we will get 27+ for sure!!!!


Take lots of pics and report. I'm off for the night. LOVE the avatar Lefty!!!

Good to see ya back, don't be a stranger for so long now.
STORM SUMMARY NUMBER 03 FOR EASTERN U.S. WINTER STORM
NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER CAMP SPRINGS MD
400 AM EST FRI DEC 18 2009



...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 700 AM EST FRI DEC
18 THROUGH 400 AM EST SAT DEC 19...

...KENTUCKY...
PINEVILLE 6.0
ISLAND CITY 4.0
PAINTSVILLE 3.5
DORTON 3.0

...MARYLAND...
ST. CHARLES 1 SE 5.5
DAMERON 2 NNW 4.0
OWINGS 1 NNE 4.0

...NORTH CAROLINA ...
ASHEVILLE 17.0
BOONE 16.0
EAST MARTON 15.0
TODD 15.0
WEST ASHEVILLE 15.0
FLEETWOOD 14.0
SPARTA 14.0
WAYNESVILLE 13.8
BOONE 13.5
CRUMPLER 13.5
GLENDALE SPRINGS 13.5
WEST JEFFERSON 13.0
WOODLAWN 13.0

...TENNESSEE...
CROSSVILLE 12 NW 3.0

...VIRGINIA...
GREENVILLE 3 E 16.0
BROWNSBURG 14.0
CROZET 14.0
BLUEFIELD 13.0
FAIRLAWN 12.5
GREENVILLE 3 E 12.5
LEXINGTON 12.5
PILOT 12.5
BLACKSBURG 12.0
CRAIGSVILLE 12.0
MILLBORO 12.0
ROANOKE 12.0

...WEST VIRGINIA...
WILLIAMSBURG 16.0
RORER 15.5
GLENWOOD 14.5
OAK HILL 14.0
RAINELLE 14.0
HINTON 13.5
SPANISHBURG 13.5
SPRING CREEK 13.5
ALDERSON 13.0
UNION 13.0

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES WHERE THE EVENT HAS
ENDED...

...GEORGIA...
PEACHTREE CITY/ATLANTA WFO 2.14

...SOUTH CAROLINA...
MCCLELLANVILLE 5.96
MOUNT PLEASANT 1 NE 5.38
ISLE OF PALMS 4.80
CHARLESTON 3.93
FORT JOHNSON 3.51
CHARLESTON 3.18
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH 2.96
GOOSE CREEK 4 SE 2.90
HUGER 3 NNE 2.80
BEAUFORT 2.55
WITHERBEE 2.44
JOHNS ISLAND 2.18
COLUMBIA 2.03


THE SURFACE LOW WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AS IT TRACKS NORTHWARD
ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST SATURDAY. A LARGE SWATH OF HEAVY SNOW
WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND TO THE WEST OF THE SURFACE LOW WITH
ACCUMULATIONS IN EXCESS OF A FOOT OVER A LARGE AREA...INCLUDING
THE I-95 CORRIDOR FROM RICHMOND...VIRGINIA THROUGH WASHINGTON
D.C....BALTIMORE AND PHILADELPHIA.
blizzard warning now up for cape codand south shore of mass and ri
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Perth
Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 66
TROPICAL CYCLONE LAURENCE, CAT 2 (01U)
6:00 pm AWST December 19 2009
==========================================

At 5:00 pm WST, Tropical Cyclone Laurence, Category 2 (985 hPa) located at 17.1S 122.0E has 10 minutes sustained winds of 50 knots with gusts of 70 knots. The cyclone was estimated to be 100 kilometres north northwest of Broome and moving southwest at 4 knots.

Tropical Cyclone Laurence is moving southwest close to the Kimberley coast.

GALES are occurring at offshore islands and possibly along the Kimberley coast between Cape Leveque and Beagle Bay. GALES may extend further down the coast to Broome and Bidyadanga later today or early on Sunday, possibly reaching Wallal later on Sunday.

Destructive winds with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour are possible in coastal areas north of Broome and south of Beagle Bay tonight although the riskshould decrease if Laurence moves away from the coast as expected.

GALES could extend further down the coast to Port Hedland on Monday.

The cyclone is expected to intensify further on Sunday and Monday into a severe Tropical Cyclone. Laurence should take a more southerly track on Monday and then south eastwards towards the east Pilbara coast with the risk of VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds occurring near the cyclone centre.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
=================================
A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Wallal including Broome.

A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal areas from Wallal to Port Hedland and adjacent inland parts of the Pilbara.
513. IKE
I've got this song stuck in my mind this morning...Link

42.8 outside my window...right now...mostly clear skies.
Holy Hoppin' HoarFrost!!!

Who left the freezer open??

It was in the seventies here when I went to sleep, it's like, oh, I don't know..it feels like ten!!!

IKE!!!
Quoting IKE:
I've got this song stuck in my mind this morning...Link

42.8 outside my window...right now...mostly clear skies.

Your giving me high school flashbacks!!!

I'm still stuck in Father Christmas but this song is pretty catchy.
516. IKE
Quoting breald:


Your giving me high school flashbacks!!!

I'm still stuck in Father Christmas but this song is pretty catchy.


I'll throw another one at cha....Link
517. IKE
Quoting aquak9:
Holy Hoppin' HoarFrost!!!

Who left the freezer open??

It was in the seventies here when I went to sleep, it's like, oh, I don't know..it feels like ten!!!

IKE!!!


Morning:)
Quoting IKE:


I'll throw another one at cha....Link



I have my stretch pants and leg warmers on already. Good times.
and I'm smart enough not to click on any song links at this hour.

Inna Godda daVida? Barney? It's a Small World? No thanky!

Hi breald! :)

we're at 43º here, Ike.
I have my stretch pants and leg warmers on already.

Could be the BeeGees, could be Duran Duran. No way.
521. IKE
Quoting aquak9:
and I'm smart enough not to click on any song links at this hour.

Inna Godda daVida? Barney? It's a Small World? No thanky!

Hi breald! :)

we're at 43 here, Ike.


Come on aquak...it's early...it's a Saturday morn...

You look at me with those Brown Eyes....what do you want to do...what do you want to say?
Quoting aquak9:
I have my stretch pants and leg warmers on already.

Could be the BeeGees, could be Duran Duran. No way.


Hi Aqua!!

Defiantly Duran Duran.

It is 19 degrees here at the moment. We have some pretty nasty weather coming our way tonight and tomorrow. My first winter and we have a possible blizzard...LOL.




Nothing yet in Central NJ. It looks like things should start around 10 am here. But those pix from VA are scary! Brought in everything from the yard that could blow around, since they are talking about high winds. Guess those Christmas inflatables are done for the year.

Everyone just be safe!
524. unf97
Good morning everyone!

North Jax this morning just checked my thermometer, which is registering currently
43 degrees. It is mostly cloudy. Brisk NW winds 15 mph, gusts to 25+ at times.

We are receiving very good cold air advection behind our potent nor'easter off the Mid-Atlantic coast. Probably will see the season's first freeze of the season across interior sections of NE FL and SE GA by Monday morning.

I enjoyed seeing the pictures on the blog of the snow up in Virginia. They are really getting hammered up in that region and this storm is turning out to be one for the record books for some areas in the Mid-Atlantic.

Keep the pictures coming and for our bloggers up in that region and later the Northeast U.S. , please be very safe this weekend as this Nor'easter moves up and eventually away from those areas.
uh oh, seems I spoke too soon. Just looked outside again and it has begun. So far we only have a dusting of white. 27 degrees, light snow.

If I can figure out how to post some photos later, I will.
g'morning unf! yes, I was on the back porch blogging last night- where I am right now- in a tank top and flip flops.

Wearing parka and fur-lined boots now.

breald- ya shoulda stayed in florida!

Ike- my eyes are the color of ditch water. Nice try, tho, hahaha
528. adb42
Been monitoring tropical cyclone Laurence which has been going on-shore, off-shore (up to 90 kts), on-shore and now once more off-shore from northwestern Australia over the past week or so. Due to make landfall in the Pilbara region east of Port Hedland by the middle of next week. JTWC says 65 knots, BOM Australia 100 knots.
529. unf97
Good morning aquak!

Yeah, it is a brisk, chilly morning out there. You seem prepared quite nicely with the attire you described. Sounds nice and comfy!
530. unf97
Good morning aquak!

Yeah, it is a brisk, chilly morning out there. You seem prepared quite nicely with the attire you described. Sounds nice and comfy!
well hope everyone is having a good morning and is staying safe in the snow, have fun! (:

I'm off to take an 8a.m. exam :P yuck!
good luck on the exam, t'dude.

stay warm.
Quoting aquak9:
good luck on the exam, t'dude.

stay warm.


thanks! It shouldnt be too bad, it is EAS 109, so fairly basic, later all!

5-day
Is this out of date?
Hey you all.

I am up and man we have a lot of snow. Will post pics when I get chance. Got to do a lil shoveling.

We are well over a foot. It is likely we are over 15" I will try to get a measurement but that snow has been blowing and the drifts, just wait i will post some pics lol.

Oh and it is still snowing hard.
Decided to take pics before I shovel.

Enjoy







goodness, lefty. Hope you don't get any blisters from shoveling.
538. P451
Going to be a very dangerous day.

Good Morning from Tinton Falls NJ. Snow started with a bang on a 30mph wind gust at 630am. 90 minutes later we're up to moderate snow and a wind driven coating. Temperature has dropped below 26 degrees now. Thats a 5+ drop since the onset.

Forecast has ramped up to 12-20" now.

We'll see about that but I have no real reason to doubt it at this time.

To those that talked about this storm a few days ago and talked about the possibility it could be a big one - thanks that was fun.

To those who blasted us shoving words in our mouths and downplaying the event, well, see...that didn't do anything good for you or anyone. Maybe in the future you'll let the good folks have their discussions and if you disagree then disagree with facts and not the age old "NOT GOING TO HAPPEN JUST STOP IT" type posts.

I seem to recall one a few days ago directed in my general direction. ;-)


STAY SAFE EVERYONE. DO NOT GO OUT IN THIS!!!

Will post pics and videos as the storm ramps up.

539. P451
Quoting jerseygrl:
Nothing yet in Central NJ. It looks like things should start around 10 am here. But those pix from VA are scary! Brought in everything from the yard that could blow around, since they are talking about high winds. Guess those Christmas inflatables are done for the year.

Everyone just be safe!


If you haven't already you will see snow shortly. It's falling over you but it hasn't worked it's way through the dry layers yet. It will, trust that. Also watch your temperature drop a good five degrees as it does. The evaporation leads to that.

Enjoy the storm I know I'm going to!

Good morning! Looks like we have about 8" on our grill, although official figures are a couple inches less.

Some of today's headlines:

Foul pre-Christmas weekend in store for East Coast
By SARAH KARUSH, Associated Press Writer Sarah Karush, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 39 mins ago
Link

The Washington Times
Originally published 07:10 a.m., December 19, 2009, updated 07:13 a.m., December 19, 2009
D.C. area hit by massive snowstorm

Sarah Karush ASSOCIATED PRESS

Link

A divided UN conference recognizes climate deal
By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer John Heilprin, Associated Press Writer 51 mins ago

Link

Local Fox station says we will get 15-22 inches before the storm is all over.

Metrorail (subway) is running, but overground stations will close later today...when snow hits 8" on rails.

Metrobuses are running on major routes only.

Major roads are open but slippery; local Fox anchor did a 360 in a four-wheel drive vehicle taking a turn near station.

National Airport is open...but don't think anyone is really going anywhere.

OH, and DC area Catholics are forgiven in advance for not attending Mass tomorrow! :) (Not a joke.)
wow lefty this pics are nice.... I'm jealous.. here in ft laud fl we had 15 inches of rain yesterday....thank god we didn't have to shovel that!
542. P451
Just for fun I posted this image when the storm was in the Gulf. To me the Satellite presentations were similar and it gave me a hint that maybe we had a big storm on our hands. I wasn't forecasting it at the time nor comparing the two systems (although accused of doing so) but it just gave me that feeling that we had something potentially big here.

Superstorm 1993



Today's storm




For the folks up north...well, this is going to out-do it for some it would appear, as the heavy snow is further east with this system than in 93.
P451, Good mornin'! I remember when you posted the two similar images, I thought it was neat. So this current storm is bigger. Is it colder, too? (Pls. correct me if I'm wrong.)

tick...tick...tick...
Oh dear, I think I'm on iggy...
Hey Tornado thanks for the mappy thingy, the inlaws live in Indy and we'll be there in early Jan ....so looking forward to it....ugggg
545. P451
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
P451, Good mornin'! I remember when you posted the two similar images, I thought it was neat. So this current storm is bigger. Is it colder, too? (Pls. correct me if I'm wrong.)

tick...tick...tick...
Oh dear, I think I'm on iggy...


Yeah, dead blog, remember, if it's affecting folks north of Cape Hatteras or 10 miles inland from the gulf of mexico - 3/4ths of the blog is on to other things!

Yes, this storm is colder and snowier and bigger. The wind thus far not as fierce. Remember, Florida got raked by that front in 93 which was an insane event - but FLA got their own problems from this system as well. The stalled warm front dropping 20" of rain in the SEFLA region. The handful of severe cells. Etc.

As for further north it's a bigger snow event to be certain.

So in the end maybe I should have directly compared the systems.
:o

I'd be hailed as the genius I'm most certainly not! LOL!

I actually had the misfortune of driving from Melbourne FLA to NJ overnight during the superstorm 93. I thought I could beat it out. I made it to the NC border and then it slammed me. Took twice as long to get the rest of the way but it was all rain and high winds for me driving up 95 that night. I wouldn't have the same fortunes with this system as we see the snow shield further east for certain.

Google Images Superstorm 93
546. P451
Temp has now dropped 8 degrees in 2 hours since the onset of the snow. 23 degrees now here in central monmouth nj. Moderate snow. Wind picking up. About 1/2 inch on the ground.
547. P451
Bombing?




3hr change




A local met just said I'm getting 4-8 today, 8-12 tonight, 1-3 tomorrow am.

13-23" ??? And most likely will be on the high side of that range given what I'm seeing.
Quoting 954FtLCane:
Hey Tornado thanks for the mappy thingy, the inlaws live in Indy and we'll be there in early Jan ....so looking forward to it....ugggg


no problem, I'll be in Indy later today ha
Thanks, P451, you geen-yus, lol!
My teeny brain is just not recalling '93, although your images are good.
Now, '96...OO-WEE...cots set up at work as we were a 24/7 operation, the metro shut down overground ops...there was a small window that night when they were open and my neighbor and I slogged our way to station and hopped on. Then we used my '88 Dodge Colt as snowplow...that Mitsubishi engine never did quit, and the car ran, long after the tranny and rest of Colt in general had officially been declared dead!

So far -- I repeat, so far -- not a knock-out punch here yet from this storm. It's just been awhile -- Presidents' Day snowstorms almost 6 years ago now are the last big ones I remember around here.

OH, local just said this is expected to be in the top 7 of our local snowstorms, since the 1880's I believe. There's a gale warning in effect for the tidal Potomac.
Hi, T-Dude, how was the exam? And what was it, WHAT were those initials for? The 101 part I got, lol.

Pressure's down last 3 hours to 990 millibars. Like I know what I'm talking about, pfft :)
Is that unusual, or just that it fell quickly. I see you guys talking about pressure all the time...and I partly get it...or I should say my sinuses sure feel it sometimes!
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Hi, T-Dude, how was the exam? And what was it, WHAT were those initials for? The 101 part I got, lol.

Pressure's down last 3 hours to 990 millibars. Like I know what I'm talking about, pfft :)
Is that unusual, or just that it fell quickly. I see you guys talking about pressure all the time...and I partly get it...or I should say my sinuses sure feel it sometimes!


haha it went well, it was a 50 question multiple choice exam :) and EAS stands for Earth and Atmospheric Science, so now ya know (:
Quoting tornadodude:


haha it went well, it was a 50 question multiple choice exam :) and EAS stands for Earth and Atmospheric Science, so now ya know (:


Congrats! Uh, yeah, I know I was never in that building at College Park...

I went into the Engineering building once by accident. I knew I was in the wrong place the second I saw 20 guys and one Asian female outside a classroom :)
553. P451
22" Greenville VA on the ground!
554. jeffB
Hey, everybody, terminology/acronym question. A few times as I've looked at the forecast discussions for this "event", I've seen the term MDT, like this:

Blv snow will become light tonight in the SW...but expeceted to continue at a MDT
pace in I-95 corridor during the evening hours.

Google search doesn't turn up anything that looks relevant. Any ideas?
Quoting jeffB:
Hey, everybody, terminology/acronym question. A few times as I've looked at the forecast discussions for this "event", I've seen the term MDT, like this:

Blv snow will become light tonight in the SW...but expeceted to continue at a MDT
pace in I-95 corridor during the evening hours.

Google search doesn't turn up anything that looks relevant. Any ideas?


moderate :P
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


Congrats! Uh, yeah, I know I was never in that building at College Park...

I went into the Engineering building once by accident. I knew I was in the wrong place the second I saw 20 guys and one Asian female outside a classroom :)


LOL!! that is so true, so true :P
MDT? MARYLAND DOES TOW! Any citizen-misery tactics they can think of to make up for the deficit!
Here are some pics from the whopping dusting of snow we have:





YO!
Quoting Grothar:
YO!


sup dawg? :P
Quoting Grothar:
YO!


Yo Grothar!!!!
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
Matt, that Perdue squirrel looks happy and chubby -- whatcha ya'll feeding it? Are pop tarts and cheese & peanut butter crackers still big? That snow is pitiful.

Yo back at ya Grothar? Whatcha' do with the air reservations for your guests? Don't think US Air will re-route them from Philly through here!
Quoting caneswatch:


Yo Grothar!!!!


Yo, CANES!!!!!
Quoting Grothar:


Yo, CANES!!!!!


Get on chat!!!!!
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Matt, that Perdue squirrel looks happy and chubby -- whatcha ya'll feeding it? Are pop tarts and cheese & peanut butter crackers still big? That snow is pitiful.

Yo back at ya Grothar? Whatcha' do with the air reservations for your guests? Don't think US Air will re-route them from Philly through here!


haha yes the Purdue squirrels are big :P probably because there are a lot of nuts around here (some crazy profs) lol
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Matt, that Perdue squirrel looks happy and chubby -- whatcha ya'll feeding it? Are pop tarts and cheese & peanut butter crackers still big? That snow is pitiful.

Yo back at ya Grothar? Whatcha' do with the air reservations for your guests? Don't think US Air will re-route them from Philly through here!


Just woke up, I need my 5 cups of coffee before I can beging insulting anyone. Just looking at all the maps. Looks like Philly may get near 20" of snow. They New York Airports will probably close as well. There will most likely be big disruption of travel along the NE corridor today. Be back in a minute.
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
570. Matt, pls. copy & paste jersey's and send to me, too, please, when you have a sec. TIA!
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.
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
570. Matt, pls. copy & paste jersey's and send to me, too, please, when you have a sec. TIA!


done

Blizzard Warning

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

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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.

&&
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.

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.
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.
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.
Good morning all. :)

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

BREAK OUT THE HOT COCOA!!!!

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.
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.
TES, IT'S A BOMB

Good morning Bob!
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
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
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.
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
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!
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%.


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
well guys, I'm off for awhile, time to get some cleaning done :P I'll catch y'all later! stay safe!
Morning all -- Anybody have any info about power outages? Heard E Kentucky had outages. Anything in Va?
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.

Congratulations,

You have been nominated by your Cadre Manager to attend the first offering of the Policy, Procedure and Practice for External Affairs course. This is a four week course. Please review this document as it will provide you with valuable information on the course and registration policies.

Course Goal
At the conclusion of this new training sequence, participants will have completed a major segment of the necessary training to become basically qualified specialists as defined by the External Affairs Workforce Credentialing Plan.

(Then it lists in-class training, and then on-site field work and mentoring.

Course Descriptions:
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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).
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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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?
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
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?
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.
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.
From Ruckersville, VA, just measured 20 inches on my deck.
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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.
Quoting adamjeeps:
From Ruckersville, VA, just measured 20 inches on my deck.
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wow that looks amazing!
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.
Quoting tornadodude:


wow that looks amazing!


haha that cars not going anywhere soon lol
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.
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


haha that cars not going anywhere soon lol


definitely not haha
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!
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!!
wow winds have switched to out of the north and temps dropping like a rock... from 42 to 38 in less than an hour...
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.
Wow, WV 20" of white stuff... I miss the snow being from Michigan, the experts say this noreaster is on its way to CT.
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.
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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Expect wind gusts to 50MPH and up to 2-4" of snow through early Sunday
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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