Sandy Blasts West Virginia with Snow, Midwest with Cold

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
October 31, 2012; 5:37 AM
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Sandy didn't have the impact of a hurricane everywhere. In portions of the Appalachians and Midwest, it was and continues to bring cold rain, biting winds and even blizzard conditions.

As temperatures hovered in the 30s and lower 40s over much of the Midwest during the day Tuesday, snow continued to fall over the mountains of West Virginia, western Virginia, western Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures were hovering in the teens and 20s over a large part of the Midwest and high elevations of the central and southern Appalachians Tuesday.

From 1 to 2 feet of snow has already blanketed the highest elevations in these areas, and more snow will continue to fall in the region through the middle of the week.

Snow continues to fall on West Virginia and other Appalachian states. This image was taken Monday by Dylan D. For more images of the snowstorm, check out Photos: Sandy Lets It Snow.

Sandy will slowly move to the north then the northeast over the rest of the week. However, rounds of snow will continue to pile up in the mountains. As colder air continues to reach in, snow levels will lower creating slippery spots at intermediate elevations.

The wet snow is weighing down trees and power lines, while gust winds in some areas are bringing these lines down.

Due to the depth of the snow and utility crews being tapped throughout the nation in the wake of Sandy, it may take a long time before all power is restored in very rural areas.

Rain became mixed with and changed to wet snow over portions of Ohio, Michigan and eastern Kentucky Monday night and continued into Tuesday.

Most of these areas will not receive an accumulation, but a bit of slush can accumulate on grassy surfaces and car tops, especially in hilly areas. However, there have been some exceptions, where cold air met up quickly with Sandy's western spread of moisture. (Snowfall totals can be found near the end of this story.)

Some of the strongest winds from Sandy forward through Wednesday will be felt around the Great Lakes to the southern Appalachians. This, as the tropical core of the storms continues to weaken, while the non-tropical circulation on the outskirts of the storm remains strong and aligned with high-level winds known as the jet stream. Winds will gradually subside later this week.

Strong winds were not only causing power outages in the mountains with the weight of the snow but also over portions of the Midwest, especially immediately downwind of the Great Lakes. Waves were crashing ashore in some areas, leading to overwash and coastal flooding including around Chicago and Cleveland.

Some snowfall totals from the storm as of midday Tuesday include 26 inches at Redhouse, Md.; 22.9 inches at Davis, W.Va.; 13 inches at Champion, Pa.; 12 inches at Lynch, Ky.; 8.4 inches at Burkes Garden, Va.; 5.6 inches at Boone, N.C.; and 4.0 inches at Proctorville, Ohio.

Peak wind gusts from Sandy as of midday Tuesday include 68 mph in Cleveland, Ohio; 60 mph at Martinsburg, W.Va.; 55 mph at Port Hope, Mich.; 53 mph at South Bend, Ind.; 45 mph at Lexington, Ky.; 43 mph at Chicago Midway, Ill.; and 37 mph at Nashville, Tenn.

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