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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

BLIZZARD WARNING

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
901 AM EST WED FEB 10 2010

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A MIXTURE OF SLEET AND SNOW WILL QUICKLY CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW LATE THIS MORNING...THEN CONTINUE TO SNOW THROUGH THIS EVENING. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES. BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW COMBINED WITH STRONG SUSTAINED WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH WILL PRODUCE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. EXPECT VISIBILITIES TO BE RESTRICTED TO LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A MILE IN THE HEAVIER BANDS OF SNOW.

TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 6 INCHES IS EXPECTED IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE WARNING AREA...WITH 7 TO 9 INCHES ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE WARNING AREA....INCLUDING NORTHERN DORCHESTER AND WICOMICO COUNTIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

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