While we bask in 50+ degree air here in south-central KY Tuesday, a storm of historic proportions is ravaging the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and New England. There is an incredibly large area of blizzard warnings (minimum criteria – falling and/or blowing snow frequently reducing visibility to 35 mph.) stretching from western Illinois to eastern Ohio. Snowfall forecasts of 18-30 inches (with isolated areas of >40″) are being predicted for the area stretching from central PA to northern ME. Transportation along the major east-west interstates such as I-70, I-80, and I-90, could be shut down for up to a couple of days as winds gusting up to 35 mph will produce whiteout conditions and drifts of several feet through Friday. Temperatures behind this storm will be among the coldest of the year for the Midwest and New England, with highs in the teens and wind chills well below zero. The parts of NY that received over 11 feet of lake-effect snow recently will receive an additional 16-30 inches from this storm.
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