Friday, February 7, 2014

Winter Storm Leaves Huge Footprint

Surface map for 7:00 a.m. February 5, 2014
The winter storm that swept through the central and eastern U.S. the start of this week left its mark on an area stretching from the southern Plains to northern New England. The storm left a broad swath of 4 or more inches of snow from the Texas panhandle to Maine. Snow amounts reached 12 inches at locations in eastern Kansas, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

South of the main band of snow freezing rain coated power lines, trees, and roads with ice in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and DC, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Officials estimated that at least one million customers were without power on Wednesday as a result of the storm. It could take up to a week to restore power in some areas.

In the wake of this storm another Arctic air mass plunged south all the way into the Gulf of Mexico and spilled west over the Continental Divide .

Temperatures at 6:00 a.m. CST February 6

Light snow and sleet fell in the Houston area yesterday and this morning freezing temperatures were found along the Gulf coast.

Minimum temperatures as of 6:00 a.m. CST February 7.

More than 67 percent of the continental U.S. is now covered with snow, almost 20 percent higher than just a week ago.

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