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'People Should Be Getting Ready:' Snowstorm Targets East Coast for Jan. 22

The odds are good a winter storm will bring the first heavy snow from Washington, D.C., to Boston starting Jan. 22, forecasters said.

Depending on the path "Winter Storm Jonas" takes and how it develops, snow could fall from West Virginia to New England, blanketing New York City, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston.

Snow is forecast to start first in Washington during the day Jan. 22 and then later that night in New York and Boston.

Weather.com reported it could be the first storm in 13 years to dump a foot of snow on the entire Northeast megalopolis. USA Today said more than 50 million people could be affected by snowfall heavy enough to disrupt travel by road, rail and air.

“There is pretty good confidence for a significant storm to impact the East Coast beginning [Jan. 22],” said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “I don’t want to start naming numbers, or say who is going to get it worse because it is still too early.”

Meanwhile, another storm, Ilias, already is hitting places such as Kansas City and St. Louis, and will be disrupting the Central Plains and Ohio Valley midweek.

The large East Coast cities are lagging normal snowfall totals. New York has only received 0.4 of an inch (1 centimeter) this season, or 8.6 inches less than normal, the National Weather Service said. Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore are all inches behind an average season, and Boston is more than a foot below the 30-year average.

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By Brian K. Sullivan
Bloomberg News


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