This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 12:45 PM EST shows fairly widespread cloud cover over the eastern half of the nation as a trough of low pressure hangs over the region and ... more 
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 12:45 PM EST shows fairly widespread cloud cover over the eastern half of the nation as a trough of low pressure hangs over the region and a dangerous winter storm affects southern New England and Mid-Atlantic. The storm system continues to intensify off the North Carolina coast through the afternoon. Bands of heavy snow and strong winds of 15 to 25 mph with frequent gusts to 45 mph develop along the coasts of these region, creating blizzard conditions with blowing and drifting snow. The New England coast remains under a Blizzard Warning through the afternoon. Extremely dangerous travel conditions are expected across the region. Expect reduced to visibilities reaching near zero and widespread power outages during the height of the storm. Residents in these regions are encouraged to monitor their local weather activity and take proper precautions against the upcoming dangerous weather event. Meanwhile, light to moderate bands of snow cover the Tennessee Valley, much of the Southeast, and the Appalachians. A variety of Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings, and Wind Advisories remain over these regions through the afternoon. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND) less 
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Associated Press
Sun, Dec 26, 2010 3:00 PM EST