>Mid-Atlantic Snow Storm

>The Fifth Coast Guard District has recently been besieged by significant weather: snow, wind, bad roads, tough sea and coastal conditions. 

A band of severe weather conditions wiggled its way through the mid-Atlantic East Coast with the states of North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey declaring emergencies as the storm approached and as travel conditions became harder and harder. 

According to the National Weather Service, this so called monster storm is the result of a low pressure system off the North Carolina coast that strengthened into a major storm and has moved northeast.  Airlines have grounded hundreds of flights along the Mid-Atlantic corridor in the aftermath of the storm.  Even though the Northeast is expected to get the brunt of the storm, the mid-Atlantic received significant winter weather conditions.

For the South and Mid-Atlantic, this storm is probably going into the record books.  For instance, Columbia, SC, had its first significant Christmas snow since weather records were first kept in 1887.  Isn’t that amazing!  Atlanta had just over an inch of snow — the first measurable accumulation on Christmas Day since the 1880s.  Norfolk, VA, is talking about this one as if it’s the largest snow accumulation in years.  New Jersey is wondering what hit them.  Elizabeth, NJ, was hit extremely hard with over 30 inches of snow.

If you think about it, “It’s beautiful,” we just need to ensure that we are able to deal with it.  The pictures attached represent a brief glimpse of the snowfall as it hit the Norfolk area.