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What You Need To Know About The Snow Headed To The Northeast

The busy Northeast corridor prepared for a winter wallop that was expected to bring 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up to Massachusetts. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know a...

The busy Northeast corridor prepared for a winter wallop that was expected to bring 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up to Massachusetts. Here’s what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the coming storm:

Piles of snow line the waterfront overlooking the New York City skyline in Weehawken, N.J., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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SNOWSTORM VS. BLIZZARD: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a huge swath of the region, meaning potential white-out conditions as heavy snow swirls amid gusting wind. The weather service says a blizzard includes sustained or frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and considerable falling snow that lasts for at least three hours. This storm is expected to last up to 36 hours in some locations, forecasters said.

An initial shot of one to three inches of snow early Monday is a prelude for the main storm that arrives about noon, when a winter storm warning goes into effect. About 14 to 18 inches is expected before the storm ends about 6 p.m. Tuesday, with less to the west and more in New Jersey toward the coast.

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WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE

Snow should begin falling before sunrise Monday and end by midday Tuesday, with only about 2 to 3 inches accumulating in Washington but 4 to 6 inches in Baltimore.