Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snow Holiday

From USA Today:
"Winter storm targets East Coast for Thanksgiving Eve"



A storm is on target to deliver a messy mix of rain and snow to the East on Wednesday, leading to travel troubles for the millions of people traveling by air or car on the busy day before Thanksgiving.
Though the precipitation will start as rain, as much as a half-foot of snow is possible in the New York City area, according to the National Weather Service. Totals for the other big cities include 3-7 inches in Boston, 2-3 inches in Philadelphia and maybe an inch in Washington, D.C. "This will be a significant East Coast storm with major impacts to air and road travel Wednesday and Wednesday night," said Weather Channel meteorologist Matt Siskowski. "In most cases, the worst time to travel in the mid-Atlantic and New England due to the storm will be on Wednesday and Wednesday night," said AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams. American, Delta and United are already waiving rebooking fees to cities in the storm's path. There will be about 2.27 million air travelers Wednesday, said Victoria Day, a spokeswoman with Airlines for America.  "I would pack your patience," said Robert Sinclair of AAA New York. "Unfortunately, the storm is scheduled to hit right in the middle of getaway day." He said an estimated 41.3 million travelers were expected to hit the nation's highways for the holiday weekend, which is a 4.3% increase over last year. The storm is forecast to develop off the coast of the Carolinas early Wednesday and strengthen as it moves rapidly up the East Coast Wednesday into early Thursday, according to the weather service. "Heavy snow is likely to begin in the central Appalachians early Wednesday morning, spreading northeast through the interior Mid-Atlantic into New England by Wednesday night," the weather service reports. The storm will bring mostly snow to the I-81 swath in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, I-84 in southeastern New York state, as well as much of interior New England, where a general 6-12 inches of snow are forecast. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for much of the eastern USA, all the way from the mountains of North Carolina to northern Maine, a distance of more than 1,000 miles. About 20 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are under some form of winter weather alert. The Weather Channel has dubbed the storm Winter Storm Cato.

^ One pet peeve I have is those people who say "you need to pack your patience" - especially when its travel-related. That is a very dumb statement. If I packed my patience then I do not have it for when people or the weather screw things up. We had heavy rain yesterday (which got rid of all the old snow) and today it was sunny and above-normal temperatures. We are supposed to get at least a foot of snow from this storm. I don't have anyplace to go for the holiday so bring it on. ^

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/11/25/winter-storm-east-coast-thanksgiving/70084800/

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