Late-Season Winter Storm Stretches Across Mid-Atlantic
UPDATED 12:15 PM EDT, March 25, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier and James West
A late-March storm is advancing across the northern Mid-Atlantic today, bringing a wet snow to the Appalachians and lesser amounts to some major East Coast cities. Not only will it impact travel across the mountains, but the wet nature of the snow could lead to sporadic power outages.
The heaviest snow is moving into the Appalachian Spine from West Virginia into northeastern Pennsylvania, with a wintry mix showing up across the Mid-Atlantic I-95 corridor as temperatures begin to climb above freezing. The snow is tapering off across the hard-hit Ohio Valley and eastern Plains, where up to a foot of snow has fallen in parts of northern and central Illinois and Indiana.
The primary storm in the Ohio Valley is continuing to weaken as it paves the way for a new low powering up along the Mid-Atlantic Coast. The intensifying low will draw cold air into its northern and western fringes, bringing additional wet snow along the Interstate 81 corridor. Warmer air coming off the Atlantic is causing the snow to mix with sleet across the I-95 corridor. A cold rain is starting to encroach across the coastal Delmarva and southern New Jersey.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories remain in place from central Indiana to the Mid-Atlantic Coast including much of the central Appalachians. Cities such as Indianapolis, Dayton, Ohio, Roanoke, Va., Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and Atlantic City, N.J., are under these advisories. Many areas could pick up several inches of new snow, with a few spots along the Appalachian Spine of West Virginia, Virginia, western Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania measuring nearly a foot of snow. Even Pittsburgh could be digging out of 4 to 8 inches of snow today.
Even the Interstate 95 corridor from Baltimore to Philadelphia and New York City could see a bit more snow this afternoon before the storm winds down this evening.
The wintry weather will impact travel across the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachians today. If travelling, make sure to have a winter survival kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded.
The low will likely move east into the Atlantic this afternoon, only clipping southern New England with some light snow.
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