Today’s top weather news: Nor’easter threatens millions with plowable snow
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Pre-Valentine’s Day nor’easter threatens millions in Northeast with plowable snow
The National Weather Service has issued its first Winter Storm Warnings in advance of a potential nor’easter that could dump plowable snow on millions of people in the Northeast and New England starting Monday night, likely impacting travel along parts of the Interstate 95 corridor as well as at some of the nation’s busiest airports.
As of Monday morning, Winter Storm Warnings and Watches covered 11 states from West Virginia to Maine including major cities like New York, Hartford in Connecticut, Providence in Rhode Island and Boston.
Millions of people in the region will see snow totals between 6 and 12 inches, with some locally higher amounts possible depending on the exact track of the nor’easter.
Severe storms, flooding rain threaten Southeast
On the warm side of the expected nor’easter, scattered severe thunderstorms are expected Monday over parts of the Southeast. Damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are the main threats. The severe weather threat stretches from northern Florida into Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, where NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a Level 2 out of 5 risk for severe storms.
Flash flooding is also possible in this same region as the thunderstorms could produce locally heavy downpours. The highest threat of flooding will be over Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas, including major cities like Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.
This same storm system spawned at least 50 reports of severe weather on Sunday and Sunday night from Texas to western Georgia. That included giant hail as large as 3 inches in diameter just outside of Shreveport in Louisiana. Cars were also damaged by baseball-sized hail in East Texas, according to the National Weather Service.
Over a dozen earthquakes rattle Southern California early Monday
The earthquake swarm began at 12:36 a.m. PST when a magnitude 4.8 quake occurred just under 2 miles north-northwest of El Centro, California. At least 16 aftershocks followed that temblor over the next two hours, ranging from magnitude 2.5 to 3.9.
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