Midwest storm eyes East Coast

March 5, 2013

A major storm will bring heavy snow from parts of North Carolina to portions of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, spanning Wednesday into Thursday, according to Accuweather.com, that predicts impacts in the eastern states to range from travel disruptions and power outages caused by heavy snow to coastal flooding from storm surge.

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

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

Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA; Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, and Martinsburg, WV, appear to have some of the greatest potential for dangerous, travel-halting snow. The weight of heavy snow can bring down trees and power lines in this area, the weather service predicts.

Dozens of other cities in the region could receive anywhere from a couple of inches of slush to a foot or more of snow. These include Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA., Dover, DE, and Vineland, NJ.

There is a risk if the storm strengthens upon nearing the coast or turns farther to the north its effects will spread further north. A slightly more southerly track would throw heavier snow farther south over western and central North Carolina.

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