Winter Storm Kills 13 in the South, NYC to get hit with 14 inches

In an early Wednesday memo, the National Weather Service called the storm “an event of historical proportions.”
It continued: “Catastrophic … crippling … paralyzing … choose your adjective.”

AccuWeather Meteorologist Tom Kines says the snow will begin to fall around midnight and last through most of Thursday. The latest National Weather Service forecast map shows that the city will likely get between 10 and 14 inches, depending on whether precipitation changes over to rain during the day.
People in New Jersey and Long island will be much luckier, Kines said. He expects they’ll receive just a few inches.

“The commute [Thursday] is going to be slow. Well, it’s always slow, but it will be slower,” he said.
Kines also warns that winds will be heavy Thursday — with gusts approaching 40 mph — so people can expect a lot of snowdrifting.

The storm has brought more devastation to the South. States including Tennessee, the Carolinas, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia have received sleet and freezing rain, which has kept everyone off the roads.
“They just don’t have the equipment to deal with it,” he said. “I’m looking at Web cameras in Atlanta and it’s a ghost town right now. As it should be.”
At least 11 deaths throughout the South have been blamed on the awful wintry storms.
The roads across the Southeast — though Florida was spared — were slick with ice, tens of thousands were without power and a wintry mix fell in many areas.

Officials and forecasters in several states used unusually dire language in warnings. They agree that the biggest concern is ice, which could knock out power for days in wide swaths. Winds, with gusts up to 30 mph in parts of Georgia, promised to exacerbate problems.
An unidentified 50-year-old man from Butts County, Ga., died after falling on ice, Gov. Nathan Deal said. The man left his home to visit a neighbor about 9 p.m. Tuesday but never showed.
A family member found him dead on the porch of his own home at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
An ice storm knocked out power for more than 177,000 customers in Georgia.
In Atlanta — where a storm took the metro region by surprise and stranded thousands in vehicles just two weeks ago — emergency workers stood at the ready. Out-of-state utility vehicles gathered in a parking lot near one of the grandstands at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Georgia National Guard troops were on standby in case evacuations were needed at hospitals or nursing homes, and more than 70 shelters were set to open. Tens of thousands of customers were reported without power across the state.

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