Blizzard Warnings Thanks to Sandy

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By WXedge Staff on October 28, 2012, 7:25pm Last modified: October 29, 2012, 11:24am

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If wind and rain weren't enough, Sandy is forecast to cause blizzard conditions too.

The unique "super" storm is causing something that is not very common. A tropical system is merging with a cold air-mass from Canada to produce hurricane conditions on the mid-Atlantic coastlines, but winter storm conditions inland.

Details:
The NWS has issued Blizzard Warnings as heavy snow is expected to combine with strong, tropical storm-force winds to cause whiteout conditions. It's a rare scenario that doesn't happen often. While the Virginia coast gets slammed with heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding, much of West Virginia is now under a Blizzard Warning.

Forecast:
According to the NWS, anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow could plaster the area. Although most of the snow is expected across the higher terrain, as Sandy transitions into a cold-core system, the freezing levels will lower and could cause some snow in the valleys.

No worries though, there won't be a repeat Halloween snowstorm in Connecticut as temperatures will stay warm enough for just rain from this storm.

Interestingly enough, 9 days ago,
WXedge mentioned the possibility of a hurricane mixing with a cold-air mass

Save this image below...not often will you see both Hurricane Warnings and Blizzard Warnings at the same time across the Northeast:

 

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