Forecasts dead-on for epic snowstorm
WASHINGTON (AP) – The snowstorm forecast from meteorologists was dead-on and is about to turn into a nightmare for some 50 million people in the East Coast.
The forecasters are calling for snowfall that will be measured in feet, gale force winds, coastal flooding and white-out conditions.
The feared snowstorm sloshed from the Ohio Valley into Virginia this morning. And the snow began falling in Washington in early afternoon, a couple of hours earlier than predicted.
Daniel Petersen, forecaster at the National Weather Service’s prediction center in College Park, Maryland, says it looks just like promised with accumulations threatening 30 inches or more in some places.
For people living from Washington to Philadelphia, Petersen had simple advice: hunker down.
Blizzard warnings stretched from Washington to New York with heavy snow likely to go even further north than that, stopping just short of Boston.