It was definitely a white Christmas for large sections of the United States. Even areas that do not normally get snowfall got significant amounts. Places like Atlanta, Georgia, and Alabama got significant amounts of snowfall. Now, however, the storm that has blanketed a large part of the country with snow is headed for the northeast.
According to the National Weather Service a blizzard warning is in effect for New York City as well as areas of northeastern New Jersey. Newark, for example, appears to be under the gun for a blizzard. The warning, according to the NWS, is in effect from Sunday at 6 p.m. until Monday at 6 p.m.
The predictions for the amount of snow is rather serious. The forecasts are for 11 to 16 inches of snow to fall across a large portion of the northeastern U.S. There is also a serious concern that the snow will fall so hard that visibility will be almost non-existent. Since the storm is considered an official blizzard, there will also potentially be sustained winds of 30 mph.
The concern is how badly this weather will affect travel during one of the busiest travel weekends in the country. The storm is large enough that it could affect airports in New York, Newark, Boston and in the state of Connecticut. Travelers are asked to check in with their airline if they are planning on flying before heading to the airports. The travel may also shut down major highways due to snowfall and lowered visibility.
The storm, earlier on Christmas Day, dropped snowfall throughout the state of Georgia. Also Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee received snow and ice.