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Fizzled Washington Storm Showering Boston With Rain, Snow

March 07, 2013

Washington Snowstorm Fizzles as More Than 1,300 Flights Grounded

An airplane takes off behind a stranded traveler at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A late winter storm that failed to bring anticipated snow totals to Washington and Baltimore is forecast to leave 4 to 8 inches of snow on the ground in Boston, according to the National Weather Service.

The heaviest snowfall may hit the city tonight and may result in power disruptions in the region through tomorrow, the weather service said. The agency reduced its forecasts for overnight snowfall in New York City.

“The bulk of the storm is yet to come,” Matt Doody, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Taunton, Massachusetts, said today by telephone today. “Snow hasn’t started accumulating. It will be intermittent.”

More than 1,300 flights in Washington and Baltimore were scrubbed, and government offices closed yesterday as the storm, which dropped 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow on Chicago, moved east. Forecasters expected it to bring as much as a foot of snow to the Mid-Atlantic coast.

A layer of warm air over Washington and central Maryland kept heavy snow from falling and made sure a steady stream of rain was mixed in, Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia, said yesterday.

“They didn’t get as much snow as they had the potential for,” Meadows said by telephone. “What snow did fall melted before it accumulated.”

Storm Warning

A winter storm warning is in place for a region northwest of Providence, Rhode Island, and stretching into central Massachusetts from 7 a.m. today until 1 p.m. tomorrow. A winter weather advisory for Boston is no longer in effect, the weather service said in its 4:09 a.m. urgent winter message.

The worst part of the storm will be coastal flooding, Alan Dunham, a weather service meteorologist also based in Taunton, said yesterday.

Heavy winds, higher-than-normal tides and large waves are expected to batter the Massachusetts coast from 5 a.m. today through 10 a.m. tomorrow.

A winter storm warning for eastern Long Island and southern Connecticut was canceled by the weather service in Upton, New York, and replaced with a less severe winter weather advisory.

The weather service has “tapered back” its snow forecast for New York City, estimating that 1/10th of an inch may fall by daybreak and 1/2 of an inch through today, Ashley Sears, a meteorologist for the agency, said by phone today. The city and Long Island were previously expected to see 1 to 3 inches of snow late yesterday and 2 to 3 inches tonight.

Power Customers

Farther to the west, heavy snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 people in Virginia and Maryland yesterday and left as much as 24 inches on the ground in Franklin, West Virginia, according to the weather service. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency.

More than 135,000 electricity customers were without power in areas of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, according to an Accuweather Inc. update at 9:20 p.m. yesterday. As of 7:50 p.m. New York time yesterday, government offices in Washington were expected to be open today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net; Lynn Doan in San Francisco at Ldoan6@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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