Northeast braces for major winter storm; two feet of snow possible

By Amy R. Connolly   |   Jan. 19, 2016 at 11:47 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston are on alert in anticipation of a winter storm that could bring up to two feet of snow, coastal flooding and gusty winds.

The storm, which is expected begin late Thursday or Friday, could bring the heaviest snowfall this season to the Northeast corridor. Although it's too early to determine the exact tract, authorities in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston are watching closely. Already, frigid temperatures have swept across the Northeast and other parts of the country.

"Well below-normal temperatures are expected to remain in place across the northern Great Plains, Upper Midwest and Northeast through the early part of this week," the National Weather Service said. "Temperatures will remain in the single digits and teens across much of this region on Tuesday. Wind chill values are expected to drop below zero in many of these locations."

The snow is expected to develop over the central Plains and the Ozarks by mid week, then travel through the Ohio Valley, Tennessee Valley, Appalachians and the Mid-Atlantic. Snowfall amounts depend on a number of factors including the position of the storm and timing.

So far this season, the East Coast has seen below-average snowfall amounts. This storm could change that.

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