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A potent winter storm threatened to dump wind-driven snow and ice from Florida to Maine as a fierce cold wave's unrelenting grip on the nation showed no signs of easing Tuesday, forecasters warned.
Schools were shuttered and records shattered as relief for more than 200 million Americans remains several days away.
National - Weather - Service - Storm - Watches
If that wasn't enough, the National Weather Service issued winter storm watches and warnings all the way from northern Florida to northern Maine, a distance of about 1,500 miles.
A winter storm warning was in effect for portions of the Florida panhandle, where a mix of snow and ice is in the forecast early Wednesday. This is the state's first such warning in almost four years, the weather service said.
Snow - And/or - Ice - Portions - Georgia
Snow and/or ice is also forecast in portions of Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
The Weather Channel has named the storm Winter Storm Grayson as part of its winter-storm naming system.
Quarter - Inch - Ice - Couple - Inches
As much as a quarter of an inch of ice and a couple of inches of snow, with locally higher amounts, are possible from portions of the Florida panhandle to eastern North Carolina on Wednesday, the weather service said.
New England will also take a pounding, where Maine could see a foot of snow and hurricane-force winds, AccuWeather forecast.
Blizzard - Conditions - Portions - Long - Island
Blizzard conditions are likely from portions of Long Island, N.Y., to northeastern Maine, New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia, AccuWeather said.
The storm is forecast to explode off the New England coast and could be the most powerful non-hurricane to affect the Northeast in the past 30 years, according to Earth Networks meteorologist Anthony Sagliani.
Concern - Wind - Gusts - New - England
“Our biggest concern is the potential for damaging wind gusts especially near the southeast New England coast,” the weather service in Boston said. “Power outage risk followed by arctic air Fri/Sat a big concern!”
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