Accu-Weather says impacts from a storm targeting millions of people in the eastern states will range from travel disruptions and power outages caused by heavy snow to coastal flooding from storm surge.
Forecasters say a major storm will bring heavy snow from parts of North Carolina to portions of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey spanning Wednesday into Thursday.
The storm will be moving through the central Appalachians toward the mid-Atlantic coast during the middle of the week. Based on the latest information, the area that is most likely to receive a foot or more of snow lies across the higher elevations of eastern West Virginia into western parts of Virginia. Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg and Winchester, Virginia; Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia appear to have some of the greatest snow potential.
This potential would be dangerous, travel-haulting snow. The weight of heavy snow can bring down trees and power lines in this area.
However, dozens of other cities in the region could receive anywhere from a couple of inches of slush to a foot or more of back-breaking snow. These include Dover, Delaware, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Virginia and Vineland, New Jersey. These areas are likely to receive rain during part of the storm and a larger percentage of the snow that falls is more likely to melt for a time.
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