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At least 10 states declared weather emergencies, aiming to get a handle on highways made impassable by the drifting snow and to shore up coastal areas where the blizzard conditions raised the danger of flooding. Here's what's yet to come.

Monster storm paralyzes East Coast. Here's what's ahead


Brad Rousseau
Meteorologist

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7:00 - The paralyzing and potentially historic winter storm is underway across the Eastern U.S. Snow continues to fall across parts of the Mid-Atlantic, with widespread warnings still in effect for major cities including New York City, Washington and Baltimore. Here's what we're watching through the weekend.


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North Carolina from about Fayetteville westward continues to see widespread freezing rain with a major ice storm affecting the region. This system has also brought severe thunderstorms across the Gulf states on Thursday and across parts of Georgia and Florida on Friday. Many tornado warnings were issued on Thursday along with reports of base ball sized hail for some regions across Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. The severe weather threat pushed into the Florida region on Friday but has since subsided.


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Click below to watch: Wind gusts through Sunday

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The greatest impact from this storm will be through the I-95 corridor from New York through to Richmond and I-81 corridor from Pennsylvania through Virginia where crippling snow and blizzard conditions through the weekend will make travel difficult to impossible. Along the coast line from the Chesapeake Bay region through the Delaware coast, up through New Jersey and Long Island strong northeasterly winds will cause high surf and coastal flooding along with beach erosion.


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Tennessee and Ohio Valley

Snow tapered off to flurries Saturday morning and will begin to finally clear across eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio Saturday afternoon. The bulk of the accumulation across Western Kentucky is expected to be near 5”-10” but as we move toward and east of Lexington accumulations are expected to increase near 15”-25” in total.

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The bulk of the accumulation across Tennessee will be along and north of the I-40 corridor from Memphis to Nashville and eastward where there is the potential for 2”-6”and some local amounts near 10” possible for the regions north and west of the I-40 through Saturday morning.


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Snow will slowly ease off across West Virginia Saturday and begin tapering off Saturday night. At this point we are expecting anywhere from 15”-25” across most of the state.


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Click below to watch: Low Track

Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State Region 

Snow will continue through Saturday and will gradually push into the New York region overnight Friday into Saturday. There will be the risk for sleet mixing in at times for tonight through Saturday with even some rain snow mix for area east of I-95 as well as the potential for thundersnow.

Click below to watch: Cumulative snowfall

Reports across D.C. and Baltimore indicate that about 1 to 2.5 ft of snow has already fallen, with anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of snow expected across Virginia, D.C., and Baltimore by the time the snow tapers off. New York is expected to see 6”-15” with Philadelphia and New Jersey expected to receive 15”-20” and locally some amounts could push 25”.


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Across Southern Philadelphia as we drift toward Harrisburg accumulations near 20”-30” are expected. Needless to say travel along stretches of the I-95 and I-81 will be difficult to impossible through the weekend.

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Other major highways that will be greatly impacted will be the I-77 and I-64 where travel will be difficult as well.

Along with the snow will be strong winds. Latest forecasts are showing the potential for sustained northeasterly winds near 30-50 mph with gusts near 55-75 mph with coastal regions near the higher end of the ranges. This will bring blizzard conditions, localized coastal flooding, as well as beach erosion. Around New York City and Long Island winds are not expected to be as strong but can still expect northeasterly winds near 30-40 mph with gusts near 40-55 mph.

New England

Forecast models continue to fluctuate with how the snow will pan out but we are still expecting snow push into the region early Saturday morning getting into the Boston area near midday. Accumulations across the region are expected to be near 3”-6” with the Boston area expected to get near 2”-5”.

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As we get toward Southern Massachusetts into Rhode Island and Connecticut accumulations near 5”-10” are expected. Blustery northeasterly winds near 30-50 mph and gusts near 55-60 mph will bring along the risk for blowing snow and near zero visibility at times and the potential for localized coastal flooding and beach erosion.

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Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

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Satellite image courtesy of Reuters (Joshua Roberts)

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