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While the calendar clearly indicates the start of Spring, Old Man Winter isn’t ready to give up just yet. An unusually cold air mass combined with a strengthening low pressure system will lead to heavy snow and strong winds across the Plains and parts of the Midwest, and heavy icing further to the east. While April snowstorms aren’t unheard of, the scope of the region impacted by this storm as well as the magnitude, will make it rather rare. Heavy snow, strong winds, and blizzard conditions are currently hitting the northern Plains hard, and will continue to do so through tonight and tomorrow as our storm slowly slides east. Right now blizzard warnings extend from North Dakota to Kansas with wind gusts over 50 mph at times and a foot or more of snow expected. While the Plains are taking the brunt of the system today, the Midwest will be…

The first part of our storm has been working on the northern Mid-Atlantic all day today, and will likely continue into the overnight hours with more sleet and snow from Pittsburgh to Washington DC to Philadelphia. Even New York City is on the edge of the snow now. Total accumulations from this first part will range from 2″ to 5″ along the I-95 part of it, and over half a foot as you head westbound into parts of Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania. We wish we could tell you that after this moves through it’s all done, but unfortunately that’s when things are really just going to get started. The second part of our storm (the main event) is already gaining steam over parts of the eastern Midwest states, and will continue to do so overnight and into the morning. As it does so precipitation will rapidly expand over Virginia, Maryland…

As Spring begins and we look forward to warmer temperatures and longer days, we’ll be dealing with quite the opposite over the next 48 hours. Yet another powerful coastal storm is developing this morning and will bring more heavy snow, gusty winds, and ice to both the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. While this will be another nor’easter / coastal system, it won’t be like the last three we dealt with this March. Instead it will come in two separate rounds as a series of low pressures develop along and off the Mid-Atlantic coastline. The first round is currently underway, and will be the icy part of our storm. As we move through the day, a mixture of heavy sleet, freezing rain, snow and rain will move through the northern Mid-Atlantic cities like Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. This will create a mess for the afternoon and evening commutes with up to…