Winter wallop pounds north-eastern US
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 20:23
Washington: A major winter storm barrelled through the northeastern United States today, threatening to dump up to two feet (61 centimetres) of snow on the last weekend of the Christmas holiday shopping season.

In the bull's eye of the storm, Baltimore and Washington were on track to break record December snowfall, with one to two feet forecast by dawn tomorrow, eclipsing Washington's 12-inch (30-centimetre) record in 1932 and Baltimore's record 14.1 inches (35.8 cm).

The Washington Post noted that double-digit accumulations were already being recorded in southern Virginia. Governor Tim Kaine earlier declared a state of emergency in Virginia.

Another eight to 14 inches (20-36 cm) of snow were expected to accumulate in New York by early tomorrow.

Warnings were in effect along the Atlantic Coast, from North Carolina and Tennessee to New Jersey and Connecticut, with the storm pounding major cities, including Washington, Baltimore and New York, according to the National Weather Service.

Those cities were also under a blizzard warning, which leads to white out conditions that make travel dangerous.

President Barack Obama raced back to Washington to avoid the worst of the storm, and landed at Andrews Air Force Base shortly after 0100 am.


First Published: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 20:23

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