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Blizzard 2010 III

The Washington, D.C. region was hit with more than 30 inches of snow February 5th and February 6th. My photo was taken on the morning of the 7th.

After digging out from that storm, some of us are not feeling too happy tonight as there is another large snowstorm in progress. The National Weather Service predicts 10 to 20 inches of fresh snow could fall on parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. in the next twenty-four hours. If that happens, this will be the third major storm to hit the region in less than two months. With this new storm in progress, airlines have already canceled flights, school has been called off, and offices have shut down.

The D.C. area and Mid-Atlantic States often experience heavy snow during El Nino winters, a period of unusually warm temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. El Nino, this winter, has been characterized by a series of storms moving east across the southern United States. Cold air from the north locked into place and warmer than normal water off the Atlantic coast helped to strengthen low pressure systems resulting in our heavy snowfalls.

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