The media is calling it “snowpocalpse” and “snowmageddon.” It’s a storm heading toward the U.S. mideastern seaboard that could bring an estimated 25 inches of snow to places like Washington D.C. that rarely see winter conditions like this. If it delivers, the storm stands to break the record posted by a 1922 blizzard that blew in off the Atlantic.
Here’s what the National Weather Service for the Washington D.C./Balitmore area is calling for tonight and tomorrow: “Snow and areas of blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 27. Blustery, with a northeast wind between 13 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 16 to 22 inches possible. Saturday: Snow and areas of blowing snow. High near 30. Blustery, with a north wind between 17 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.”
We called Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia’s Laura Parquette to see how the ski area was handling the storm. How’s the weather right now? “We’ve got four inches already today with around 10 inches expected by the end of the day. It’s really snowing hard out there,” Parquette said. “The forecast is calling for between 16 and 30 inches.” Which is unusual for a place like West Virginia, no? “We actually get a lot of storms here because we’re so high—the ski area gets 180 inches of snow annually. But what is unusual is that the entire region is getting a lot of snow and we’re getting it all in a short period of time. So the fact that we’re getting 30 inches in a day and a half, that’s unusual.” Any tips for travelers trying to make it to Snowshoe to ski some powder this weekend? “The roads are clear, so just take it slow. Also, the snow isn’t going anywhere so if you can’t make it this weekend, it’ll still be great conditions next week and into the holiday weekend.”
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