It certainly looked pretty at first. But the Nor’easter is burying us softly, from the Carolinas to the north tip of Maine — nearly all or part of nearly half the states in the Union.
As one meteorologist put it: “The storm is no joke.”
Thick as it looks, the storm will get even worse tonight, Maine, according to AccuWeather.com . Even early risers tomorrow will wake up to at least a foot of snow. Might as well sleep in: You won’t be able to go far. ( SEE : Flurried. Buried… )
The worst of it, though, are the white-out winds, that are kicking past 40 miles an hour in some parts of New Jersey. So now matter how good the road crews are at moving the stuff, the drifts could easily get pushed right back into your path.
Oh, and get this: Thunder and lightning are distinct possibilities. The power grid is definitely at risk.
TODAY IN WEATHER HISTORY ( AccuWeather.com )
East Coast (1909)
Severe coastal storm caused record high tides in New England. Dover, Del., got 24 inches of snow; Philadelphia, Pa., got 21 inches.
New York City (1947)
New York City’s deepest snowstorm left 25.8 inches at Battery, 32 inches in the suburbs. Traffic completely stopped, 27 people died and removal cost $8 million.