Washington: A deadly winter storm hit the US East Coast with freezing rain, snow and near-record cold on Monday,..
Mar 04, 2014 at 10:29am
” The latest in a series of weather systems to pummel the winter-weary eastern United States, the storm dumped about 4 inches (10 cm) of snow on the US capital by early afternoon as it swept from the Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast, the National Weather Service said.
Brian Hurley, a weather service meteorologist, said
temperatures would be about 30 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) below normal
as a cold front settled in from Great Plains to the Atlantic coast. “It’s really, really cold, temperatures dropping into the teens (Fahrenheit, minus-7 to minus-10 Celsius) and the normal highs are around 50 (10C) at this point,” he said.
Steve Zubrick, a weather service meteorologist for the Washington area, said overnight lows were forecast at 9F (-13C).
That would be close to the March 1873 record of 4F (-16C), the last time Washington temperatures went below 10F (-12C) in the month of March.
The governors of New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi and Tennessee declared states of emergency, and schools and local governments throughout the area closed. Maryland and West Virginia shut state offices as the storm dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow on the Appalachian Mountains.
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“Temperatures were expected to dip into the single digits along the Eastern Seaboard on Monday night. That doesn’t usually happen after March 1, which is sometimes referred to as the start of “meteorological spring.”
If the forecast holds, it would be only the third single-digit day after March 1 in the recorded history of the nation’s capital — and the previous two were in 1872 and 1873, according to the National Weather Service.
Records were in danger elsewhere, too. In New Jersey, nearly 6 inches fell in some areas, which could make it the eighth snowiest winter in the last 120 ”
“Jim Lee, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., noted that every decade in Washington, there are only 6 days with 6-plus inches of snow.
“We’ve had pretty close to two of them this year, already — and winter’s not over,” Lee said.
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