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Friday, February 12, 2010

The South Recieves the Brunt of A Major Snowstorm

Yes friends, we're in the midst of a major snowstorm at the moment. May these next links give you a good idea of the situation here in the South. Here's The Weather Channel's Precipitation Forecast for the next 48 hours:

And here's The Weather Channels summary of the ongoing events:

After dumping over a foot of snow in the Dallas Metroplex Thursday a vigorous storm is spreading a wintry blast of snow all the way through the Carolinas.

Already from Shreveport to the Mississippi-Alabama line, snowfall has been in the 4-to-8-inch range. Up to 6 inches of snow has blanketed parts of south central and eastern Alabama and west central Florida. Snow also fell at Mobile, Alabama.

The snow will be wet and heavy, bringing down some trees and power lines and causing power outages. Snow-covered roads and bridges are leading to quite a few accidents because drivers rarely deal with snow.

Snow was also reported in Florida Panhandle at locations like Crestview.

The storm will reach a position just off the South Carolina coast overnight. Once it reaches this point it is expected to intensify which will spread snow up the South Carolina coast bringing accumulating snows to places like Charleston and Myrtle Beach before pulling out to sea Saturday morning.

Weather conditions are to improve tomorrow at least in my area. According to The Weather Channel's Forecast for Dahlonega, GA, we are to expect sunny skies with a high of 35 degrees and a low of 25 degrees. Here's their overview of the Snowy Weather:

A steady light snow will taper off and end around midnight. Decreasing cloudiness with temperatures steady or falling to near 25F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40%. No significant snow accumulations through 4am.

Here's some perspective from AccessNorthGA:

It had begun snowing "deep in the heart of Dixie" by noon Friday... in places that rarely, if ever, see snow.

The storm crawled into the Deep South out of Texas, where it left the Dallas area with more than a foot of snow, nearly 200 traffic accidents, thousands without power and hundreds of canceled flights.

In Gainesville the white stuff started falling around 1:30 p.m. and the 34 degree temperature made it easy to stick on lawns, trees, bushes and buildings.

From one to three inches were forecast for Northeast Georgia, and temperatures falling below freezing Friday night were expected to create hazardous driving conditions. Area schools closed early and several Friday evening athletic and club events were postponed because of the weather.

In Century, Fla., about 40 miles north of Pensacola, 44-year-old Steve Pace scraped some of the remnants of a brief snowfall from the hood of his truck and formed a snowball to throw at his grandson, 6-year-old Kaleb. It only snowed for about 10 minutes before giving way to rain again, but it was enough for Kaleb.

Here's how the Snowy Weather has affected WV residents from Journal News:

Snowfall records are falling in West Virginia as storm after storm pounds the state.

As of Thursday, Beckley had received a record 101.4 inches for the season. That broke the city's old season record of 100.1 inches during the winter of 1995-1996.

Bluefield's 8.3 inches of snow on Wednesday broke the city's snowfall record for that date. The previous daily record for Feb. 10 was 4 inches in 2005.

Several top state officials visited the area today, looking at what's being done to clear nearly 52 inches of snow dumped here by two storms in the last week and also vowing to provide whatever help is necessary to continue with snow removal efforts.

Gov. Joe Manchin arranged the visit by some of his top cabinet officials, including Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato; Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett, adjutant general o the West Virginia National Guard; Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox Jr.; Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Acting Cabinet Secretary Joe Thornton; and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Scott Cosco.

They spoke with officials, law enforcement representatives, firefighters and emergency service providers from Berkeley and Morgan County during the late morning in Martinsburg before moving on to Jefferson County in the early afternoon.

State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, also attended both sessions.

Gianato, who said Manchin plans to visit the area again Monday, promised that the state will do "everything possible to continue working locally" to help deal with the many remaining storm-related problems.

Gov. Joe Manchin and State Tax Commissioner Christopher G. Morris announced today that businesses located in West Virginia counties that were recently affected by inclement weather conditions, thus delaying the business owner's ability to file and remit taxes on time, are encouraged to contact the Tax Commissioner's office for assistance.

"The safety and health of our citizens is our primary concern. We want businesses in the devastated counties to reopen as soon as it is safe to possibly do so," Gov. Manchin said. "We understand the challenges business owners are facing and are willing to work with those affected by the weather conditions so they may avoid penalties and fees for late tax filings."

For all other vendors, who were not affected by recent snowstorms, tax filings and remittances are due at the designated due dates.

"If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice for the February reporting period, the taxpayer should contact my office," Tax Commissioner Morris said.

The Tax Commissioner's office may be reached at (304) 558-0751.

All in all, an eventful week weatherwise here in the south. Please offer us your perspective.

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