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2/10/2010: Blizzard Warning

The National Weather Services is reporting that the blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight tonight.

A coastal storm developing off the central mid Atlantic coast will intensify explosively today. A mixture of rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow has begun to change to all snow late this morning and will continue this afternoon as the storm moves northward. This will cause winds to back to northeast and north and bring colder air into the region. With heavy snow expected to decrease visibilities, and strong winds gusting to 35 to 45 miles an hour this afternoon, blizzard conditions are expected at times mainly from about midday and through the afternoon, possibly persisting into early tonight before tapering off. However, winds will continue to be strong this evening so there will be plenty of blowing snow with reduced visibilities as well tonight.

Total snow accumulations are expected to range from 12 to 22 inches into early tonight, with the highest amounts straddling the interstate 95 corridors.

Near-blizzard or blizzard conditions are rare for our area, so it is likely that people will not realize the peril that exists in venturing out in such storms. Life-threatening conditions are possible, and driving will be hazardous at best during this winter storm today and early tonight. It is highly recommended that travel be curtailed due to the dangerous conditions, and only drive if it is truly an emergency situation.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.