East Coast, Ohio Val­ley brace for big snow­storm

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

Tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans from Wash­ing­ton to Bos­ton and the Ohio Val­ley could be wal­loped by an end-of-theweek snow­storm, me­te­o­rol­o­gists say.

Al­though it’s still early, com­puter fore­cast mod­els all see a windy, strong slow­mov­ing storm. The big ques­tions are where and how much.

“There’s go­ing to be a big storm. Some­body’s go­ing to get wal­loped,” said Vic­tor Gensini, a me­te­o­rol­ogy pro­fes­sor at Col­lege of DuPage out­side of Chicago, which should be spared. “It does look like it’s go­ing to be a doozy.”

Rich Otto, lead fore­caster at the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice’s Weather Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter out­side of Wash­ing­ton, said some ma­jor cities will likely see a foot or more of snow. Other me­te­o­rol­o­gists talked about 18 inches, two feet and more.

Gensini said the heavy snow is likely be­cause the sys­tem will be slow mov­ing. Fore­cast­ers see Satur­day as the worst day in the East. Otto said an up­per-level dis­tur­bance in the air is mov­ing from the Pa­cific to the Rock­ies to the south­ern plains. It should pass over Texas, hit the Ohio Val­ley, join with other un­sta­ble air and be­come a nor’easter Fri­day evening over the Mid At­lantic.

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