The Northeast is bracing itself for what some are calling the biggest snowstorm of the winter season. While the central states are bracing for the storm as well, the worst of the snowfall is expected to hit the northeast states, with predictions of snow accumulations anywhere from six inches to a foot, and maybe even more.
NBC News reported that the snow and ice in the Great Lakes region is the result of a low-pressure system colliding with arctic air. “By Saturday, forecasters said, a second and more powerful low churning up the East Coast would take over and produce the heaviest show.”
Carl Parker, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, stated that “this system is really going to be a very significant storm for a lot of the country. It’s going to grab up plenty of moisture off the Atlantic, throw it back and into the Northeast.”
Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist for Accuweather.com, stated that the storm will affect the Central states Friday into Saturday, and much of the East Saturday into Sunday.
“The first stripe of accumulating snow from the storm is most likely to fall over parts of northern Indiana, Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, upstate New York, northern New England and neighboring Canada spanning later Friday night into Saturday. A second stripe of snow may center over part of the Northeast Saturday night into Sunday, as the storm taps into Atlantic moisture and overcomes competing factors and prior issues with dry air.”
Snow and the bitter cold have been problematic all over the nation. With temperatures dipping into he single digits and even below zero on such a regular basis, handling daily activities is harder than normal for many. Officials have been urging individuals to take extra care when venturing out in the below zero wind chill, and have advised people to be ready for snowstorms such as the one that is expected to hit the central and northeastern states this weekend.