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Snowstorm heading east

Foot of snow could fall on local area

December 26, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

A winter storm may hit Fulton and Montgomery counties late today and into Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The enormous storm system already dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South.

Now, the storm is making its way toward the Northeast today, slowing holiday travel.

Hugh Johnson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Albany office, said the area may receive at least 6 inches of snow.

"It could be quite significant," said Johnson.

The forecast for this afternoon calls for a chance of snow after 4 p.m. and a high near 30 degrees. Tonight could see blustery winds and a low around 25 degrees.

According to NWS Meteorologist George Maglares, the storm will be at its worst between tonight and Thursday morning, with a possible total accumulation of 10 to 15 inches going into Thursday night.

Jeffery Downes, Charleston highway superintendent, said that with snow falling at a rate of one to two inches an hour and a route taking three hours to plow, plowing could take all night.

"We will never be caught up," Downes said.

Rodney Montana, deputy superintendent for the Fulton County Highway Department, said two shifts already are planned to go tonight; one before and one after midnight.

Despite facing the first major snowfall of the season, Montana said he was confident.

"We've been out quite a few times already," Montana said, "We're ready for it."

Across the nation

Post-Christmas travelers braced for flight delays and a raft of weather warnings for drivers, a day after rare winter twisters damaged buildings in Louisiana and Alabama.

Snow and ice covered roads in southern Illinois and southern Indiana early today. Officials urged residents to stay home if they can. State police reported numerous slide-off accidents in the Evansville, Ind., area and white-out conditions on Interstate 64 in Indiana with wind gusts around 30 mph.

The storm system headed from the Gulf Coast to New England has been blamed for three deaths and several injuries, though no one was killed outright in the tornadoes. The storms also left more than 100,000 without power for a time across the South.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.



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