Paul Yeager and Russell Berman
Friday, February 5, 2010
(Feb. 5) — The second massive — and potentially record-breaking — snowstorm of this winter has begun pounding the Mid-Atlantic region. The storm already has been dubbed “Snowmageddon” as it is expected to dump 1 to 2 feet of snow by the time it winds down Saturday evening.
The heaviest snowfall totals most likely will be in West Virginia, northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, southern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. This, of course, includes the heavily populated corridor from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore to Philadelphia. A slight northward jaunt of the storm would bring the very heavy snow northward to New York City, Long Island and perhaps even southern New England.
The threat of the storm was already forcing numerous closings and cancellations in the area this morning.
The Associated Press reported that Southwest Airlines was cancelling flights at Washington, Philadelphia and Baltimore airports. Virginia’s General Assembly canceled Friday’s floor sessions and committee meetings. Amtrak canceled most trains heading south from the area.
In Washington, a city where only a couple of inches of snow is known to wreak havoc, officials began preparing days in advance for what was expected to be the second blizzard of the season. In the spirit of the season, the city said it was ready for a “super snow bowl.”
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