On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Southeast customers were without power. Federal government offices in Washington, D.C. were also closed due to heavy snowfall that was moving up the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.
“This will be the winter’s first accumulating snow for much of this area, so please use extra caution if traveling,” the Weather Service saidSunday night
Early Monday saw nearly 150,000 North Carolina customers without electricity. There were also 140,000 outages across Georgia and more South Carolina, according PowerOutage.us. The site aggregates data from utilities across the United States.
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, is ahead of the storm declared a snow emergencyMonday, the District of Columbia, for much of it Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland mobilized state resources, and Gov. Philip D. Murphy, New Jersey declared a state of emergency for five countiesThe sign warns residents to stay off roads
The Weather Service announced that a winter storm alert was in effect for parts Tennessee and North Carolina on Monday. This included a large area of Virginia, Washington, Maryland, and New Jersey. Through Monday evening, up to eight inches of snow were expected with localized amounts of as much as a foot.
The heaviest snow, at two inches per hour, was expected to occur right after the transition from rain, meteorologists said, adding that the phenomenon called thundersnow — when thunder and lighting occur during a snowstorm — was likely. Additional travel concerns could be caused by the refreezing overnight and evening of melted snow.
Washington was under a winter storm advisory until Monday afternoon. The weather system was expected to produce as much as eight inches of snow. according to the Weather ServiceThe warning was made by the Weather Channel, which advised motorists to be prepared for slippery roads in the morning. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” meteorologists said.
Parts of Delaware and Maryland could see as much as a foot of snow Monday with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. The storm’s tail end was expected to dump six inches of snow in Tennessee, and just a few inches in Georgia before moving north.
Source: NY Times