National Weather Service director warns of 'potentially paralyzing' storm

National Weather Service director warns of ‘potentially paralyzing’ storm

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Louis Uccellini is first and foremost a weather geek. He co-wrote the most authoritative compendium on northeast winter storms, which was published in two weighty volumes by the American Meteorological Society (and this reporter proudly owns)

As the first director of the National Weather Service in many years to have a PhD in meteorology, when he says a storm is potentially historic, and “classic” in terms of its formation and impacts, one would be best to take heed.

During a press conference on Thursday from the National Weather Service’s forecasting hub in College Park, Maryland, Uccellini said the blizzard expected to begin in Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon, and spreading northeastward from there, will be a “potentially paralyzing storm” that could be life-threatening. He said computer models are showing the potential for thundersnow in Washington and Philadelphia on Friday night, which would enhance snowfall rates. Read more…

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National Weather Service director warns of ‘potentially paralyzing’ storm