A DOSE OF WINTER REALITY
Jan. 21, 2005 — This weekend, the Mid-West to the East Coast is predicted to turn into a winter wonderland as NOAA’s National Weather Service forecasters see the potential for a significant winter storm to move across the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England.
NOAA meteorologists are bracing for a dose of winter reality as a developing storm system from the Northern Plains drops southeastward bringing considerable amounts of snow from Minnesota towards Chicago through the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas. Along the southern edge of the precipitation shield will be a narrower band of freezing rain and sleet. Frigid temperatures along with increasing winds could result in considerable blowing and drifting of snow as well as dangerous wind chills throughout much of the region. “This system has the possibility of being the most notable storm for the northern Mid-Atlantic and New England states thus far this season,” said Jim Hoke, director, NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md.
As with all weather predictions, there is some uncertainty. NOAA cautions the public that this is a dynamic and developing winter event. “It is very important for people to stay abreast to the latest weather situation through your local broadcasters, the National Weather Service web site, and the NOAA All Hazards Radio,” said Hoke. “Best advice: Be aware and prepared, especially for this storm that has the potential for dangerous winds and related wind chill.”
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Note To Editors/Producers:
Because this storm is predicted to affect the local Washington, D.C. area, we might not be able to accept on camera interviews. However, we will be able to accept interviews via telephone.
Related Web sites:
Today’s National Weather http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
National Winter Weather Forecasts http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/wwd/winter_wx.shtml
NWS Suite of Official Weather Products http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/forecasts/