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Winter Storm Saturn Not Over, With Snow Expected Through Friday in Northeast

Winter Storm Saturn will mostly be far offshore by Friday, leaving the vast majority of the country behind it as it flees the U.S. on an easterly trajectory. According to the Weather Channel, however, a final upper-level disturbance originating from the Great Lakes will pull some moisture back west into cold air, creating a final blast of snow for parts of the Northeast.

Snowfall is to be expected Thursday through Friday in southeast New England into the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys of New York, northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and possibly Delaware. All snow should be offshore by Friday night.

Strong winds continue to hit coastal eastern Massachusetts including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

However, travel appears to be returning to normal, with NYC and Boston area airports reporting no to minor delays.

Winter Storm Saturn Snow Totals By State, Up to 3 Feet in Some Places

Winter Storm Saturn has dumped up to three feet of snow in some areas as it crosses the U.S., despite a weak showing in Washington D.C. (culminating in a canceled severe weather warning on Thursday morning).

Here's the highest snowfall totals per state, courtesy of the Weather Channel:

Montana: 36 inches near Bear Paw Ski in north-central Montana, though it was described as “low density.”

Wyoming: 2 inches near New Haven and Rockypoint.

Colorado: 14 inches in Western Colorado.

North Dakota: 18 inches at the Canadian border entry station. (Drifts of three to five feet at Grand Forks County!)

South Dakota: 5 inches in the Black Hills.

Minnesota: 13.2 inches at Bigfork in the north.

Iowa: 8.6 inches at New Hampton.

Wisconsin: 10 inches near Frenchville.

Illinois: 11.1 inches in Streator.

Michigan: 10.8 inches in Saint Joseph.

Indiana: 12 inches at Portage.

Ohio: 10 inches in Quincy and Bellefontaine.

Kentucky: 4.5 inches in Florence, south of Cincinnati.

Pennsylvania: 12 inches northeast or east of Pittsburgh.

Maryland: 14 inches at Swanson in western Maryland.

District of Columbia: 1 inch in the extreme south. (Everywhere else it melted.)

Virginia: 20.3 inches at Fishersville.

West Virginia: In the east close to the border with Virginia, 24 inches in Franklin.

North Carolina: 8 inches in western N.C. near Maggie Valley.

Tennessee: 6 inches at Townshend.

Georgia: 4 inches on Brasstown Bald in the mountains at an elevation of 2500 feet.

Alabama: Severe thunderstorms damaged Columbiana Middle School; 70-80 mph winds reported.

Winter Storm Saturn Snow Totals By State, Up to 3 Feet in Some Places

Winter Storm Saturn has dumped up to three feet of snow in some areas as it crosses the U.S., despite a weak showing in Washington D.C. (culminating in a canceled severe weather warning on Thursday morning).

Here's the highest snowfall totals per state, courtesy of the Weather Channel:

Montana: 36 inches near Bear Paw Ski in north-central Montana, though it was described as “low density.”

Wyoming: 2 inches near New Haven and Rockypoint.

Colorado: 14 inches in Western Colorado.

North Dakota: 18 inches at the Canadian border entry station. (Drifts of three to five feet at Grand Forks County!)

South Dakota: 5 inches in the Black Hills.

Minnesota: 13.2 inches at Bigfork in the north.

Iowa: 8.6 inches at New Hampton.

Wisconsin: 10 inches near Frenchville.

Illinois: 11.1 inches in Streator.

Michigan: 10.8 inches in Saint Joseph.

Indiana: 12 inches at Portage.

Ohio: 10 inches in Quincy and Bellefontaine.

Kentucky: 4.5 inches in Florence, south of Cincinnati.

Pennsylvania: 12 inches northeast or east of Pittsburgh.

Maryland: 14 inches at Swanson in western Maryland.

District of Columbia: 1 inch in the extreme south. (Everywhere else it melted.)

Virginia: 20.3 inches at Fishersville.

West Virginia: In the east close to the border with Virginia, 24 inches in Franklin.

North Carolina: 8 inches in western N.C. near Maggie Valley.

Tennessee: 6 inches at Townshend.

Georgia: 4 inches on Brasstown Bald in the mountains at an elevation of 2500 feet.

Alabama: Severe thunderstorms damaged Columbiana Middle School; 70-80 mph winds reported.

Winter Storm Saturn: Minor Flooding in Montoloking, But Muted Impact Elsewhere in New Jersey

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Just months after Hurricane Sandy wrecked huge swathes of coastal New Jersey, Saturn was predicted to do some serious damage to residences and infrastructure in the some of the worst-affected areas.

While predictions of “snowquester” (massive snowfall in Washington, D.C.) fizzled out with nary a peep, strong winds, big snowfall, and power and utility outages were found all across New England.

On Wednesday night in Mantoloking, N.J., a storm surge destroyed a temporary sand dune and closed a major coastal highway, Route 35, for several hours as it flooded with three to six inches of water. Every one of the 521 homes in Mantoloking was damaged by Sandy, with many completely destroyed.

However, other than this admittedly underwhelming attack on the New Jersey shoreline, looks like the impact of Saturn in New Jersey and NYC will be somewhat muted.

Winter Storm Warning For Washington, D.C., Cancelled

Well winter storm Saturn was king of a dud for the east coast.

A winter storm warning that was to be in effect until 3 a.m. Thursday for the Washington/DC region, including Howard and Carroll counties, has been cancelled, according to the National Weather Service.

In its place is a winter weather advisory until 9 p.m. Thursday.

The advisory says additional snow accumulations of one to two inches are possible through the evening, with temperatures in the low to mid-30s and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

Winter Storm Saturn Power Outages: 241,000 Already Without Power

Washington, D.C., city emergency managers say power outages were their biggest fear as the winter storm beared down on the district on Wednesday. 

The electricity was already going out in places thanks to the wet, heavy snow downing trees and power lines.

More than 241,000 homes and businesses had no power, most of them in Virginia and West Virginia, but also in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Ohio, according to area utilities.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ed McDonough reported no major incidents as of Wednesday morning. There were about 600 power outages statewide as the conditions were worsening in parts of Maryland.

Washington, D.C., Flight Delays Cause 1,400 Flight Cancelations Across the U.S.

As of 7:30 a.m. on March 6, over 1,400 flights have been canceled in the United Sates and an additional 500 have been delayed, according to AccuWeather. World-wide delays are have reached 7,000.

Winter storm Saturn was expected to cause flight delays and cancellations throughout 19 states. Delays in major airports across the Northeast were expected to have a dominoe effect throughout the country.

While yesterday these flights were being held up in snow-ravaged areas from Minneapolis to Chicago, most notably O'Hare International, Chicago Midway International and Minneapolis/St. Paul International, today the trouble is falong the East Coast.

Washington-Dulles International, Ronald Reagan National and Baltimore/Washington International are the sites of the most delayed or canceled departures. O'Hare is still reporting a significant amount of canceled arriving flights.

This is already causing delays to be reported in areas that are still relatively clear, such as San Fransisco and Denver, as aircraft needed for their departures will not be arriving from these locations.

Snowquester Causes Gridlock In Washington, D.C. — What Else is New?

Winter storm Saturn has another, more appropriate name: Snowquester.

The cutesy "snowquester" nickname is a play on the Washington, D.C., wonk term "sequester," used to describe the $85 billion that must be cut from federal budgets over the next six months after President Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers failed to reach a deal to reduce the national deficit. The "snowquester" has shut down government offices, just as the budget cuts threaten to do.

:-(

Washington just can't escape gridlock, can it?

Washington could see a crippling 10 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Snow totals could exceed a foot west of the city, while some places in northern Virginia and West Virginia could see as much as 30 inches, he said.

Just another excuse for Washington not to get any work done.

How Much Snow Will Boston Get? Boston Weather Forecast Doesn't Predict Huge Storm

Winter storm Saturn won't hit Boston until Thursday, so it's hard to tell the impacts that far out.

"At this time, the rain/snow line is very difficult to predict. Expect rain, heavy at times, in southeastern Massachusetts," StormTeam 5 meteorologist JC Monahan said. But right now, AccuWeather is predicting 3-12 inches for Boston, far more than New York City to the south will see:

If the snow does fall, it sounds like it could cause power outages. "If the precipitation makes it into central Mass./southern New Hampshire, and that's uncertain at this time, it will be a heavy, wet snow," adds Monahan. It also sounds like the shores will see some erosion.

Accumulations will increase as you move west of the coastline.

Other sites aren't predicting a huge snow storm, though. Boston.com reports: Around Boston, the precipitation will be rain for much of the storm. When the rain comes down hard enough, it can bring cold air down from above and change the rain to snow. When this happens,some slush could accumulate but then melt several hours later. If Boston is going to get any slushy accumulation it will happen Thursday evening and overnight. [We] still don't see this as a big snowstorm for cities and towns within about 30 miles of the coastline.

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How Much Snow Will New York City Get? NYC Weather Forecast Isn't Doom and Gloom

The National Weather Service has issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for New York City, but it doesn't sound like snow will be the big issue.

Don't expect any snow days in the NYC-area because of this :-(

The NWS predicts between 1 to 2 inches for the city, though the ever-fear mongering Weather Channel is predicting around 3 to 5 inches of snow. Expect some gross rain-snow mix either way on Wednesday evening, becoming snow overnight, as well as a lot of wind.  Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Things will get terrible Thursday morning, so commuting might be awful. Worst of all, however, the wind will continue to ravage the already ailing beaches, as the winds and flooding will cause "significant erosion." Expect coastal flooding ... the worst since Hurricane Sandy. 

Expect most of the flooding during high tide Wednesday afternoon as well as late Wednesday night.

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Winter Storm Saturn 2013: LIVE Tracker, Updates, Storm Path

Thought winter was over yet? Wrong.

After hitting the nation's midsection with some of the heaviest snowfall this year, Winter Storm Saturn is heading to Washington.

Federal offices in Washington, D.C. are shut down Wednesday, following the storm's 10 inches of snow in Chicago by Tuesday night and widespread school closures in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Three to seven inches of snow will be dumped on the capitol, and up to 16 inches in the western Maryland mountains by Wednesday night. Minor coastal flooding is a possibility along the Delaware coast along the western shore of Chesapeke Bay and the lower Potomac.

New Jersey could be hit as well in areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Coastal areas will receive up to two inches of snow, as well as flooding in areas where sand dunes have already been washed away. Inland areas such as Monmouth could see as much as six inches.

"Whenever you're talking about that much heavy, wet snow and those winds of 20-30 mph with some higher gusts, there's a concern for numerous power outages," said National Weather Service meteorologist Jared Klein. Along the Virginia-West Virginia border, winds could hit a bone-chilling 35 mph in addition to heavy snow.

"We certainly anticipate some signal outages. We certainly anticipate some trees down, which can cause power outages," Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck said, warning workers that commuting delays were likely.

Maryland Transit Administration workers are monitoring power grids for snow and ice buildup, while D.C. Metro workers are clearing snow from infrastructure and parking lots.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, most at D.C.'s Dules and Reagan National airports. In Chicago, over 1,100 flights were canceled.

In Virginia, the storm is expected to drop as much as a foot of snow in the Blue Ridge Mountains and 21 inches in higher elevations.

"The snow is going to come down at a very fast rate," Virginia transportation spokesman Sandy Myers said. "We just need folks to stay off the roads so the plow drivers can hopefully keep up with the storm."

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which overseas leave policies for 300,000 federal workers, said that D.C. area federal workers will be given excused absences.

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