Thursday, March 07, 2013

Storm pounds Eastern Seaboard

Coastal flooding from Wednesday's Nor' Easter in Ocean City, Maryland.
The same areas of the US Eastern Seaboard that have taken a beating since Hurricane Sandy were once again hit on Wednesday. As expected low pressure moved off the Atlantic coast near Virginia Beach and slowly began moving into the north Atlantic. This system produced heavy wet snow, in the order of 1 to 2 feet across West Virginia and Maryland but for the most part spared the large cities of the east coast. The big weather story with this storm has been the wind and waves. Coastal flooding has been reported from the Outer Banks to Cape Cod. Both the Eastern Shore and portions of New Jersey have been hit  hard again with water inundating coastal roads and properties. The Coast Guard is searching for two missing fisherman from North Carolina who went missing in the 15 foot seas off Assateague Island, Virginia. Three were on board and one has since been rescued. The search will resume at first light this morning in continuing rough seas and 50mph winds. Power was knocked out to thousands in the middle Atlantic region.

Huge waves pound the coast in Virginia Beach near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  The 26 mile bridge connecting the Eastern Shore to the mainland was closed to all traffic on Wednesday. (WAVY 10)
Locally across southern Quebec the storm has produced nothing but clouds and gusty northeast winds. Today a trough from the Great Lakes will draw some moisture northwest form the edge of the system and produce some flurries over the St. Lawrence Valley with perhaps a couple of inches of wet snow over Vermont. Skies will clear for Friday with a fair and mild weekend before storminess returns for next week.

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