Live blogging the storm: Thursday afternoon

12:05pm – The AP (finally moving their dateline from Atlanta to Philly) is reporting that Baltimore received 15 inches of snow, whereas DC had 11” and Philly only 9”. The story also said that 14 people have died as a result of the storm so far with 200,000 homes still without power… in Georgia alone.

12:15pm – While both Center Stage and Annex Theatre have cancelled their shows for tonight, Station North’s Yellow Sign is defiantly staying open for their (aptly titled) presentation of “What the Fuck Were They Thinking.”

12:25pm – The Weather Channel is calling for cloudy skies through 4pm with temps in the upper 30s…before more snow arrives around 6 (bringing anywhere from 1-3 additional inches of precipitation)

12:31pm – TWC is reporting light snowfall in Harrisburg (6.6” so far) and Williamsport (2.8” so far). Albany has seen only 1.8” so far with heavy snow expected to arrive later in the day (accumulating 6-8”)

12:43pmReuters (writing out of NYC) is reporting that one thousand passengers spent the night on cots at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and that NYC school districts are under fire for keeping schools open today (thus putting students\teachers at risk both getting to\back from school). Nearly all other schools and government offices from DC to Connecticut are closed today.

12:45pmReuters is also reporting that the weather may have caused a train of crude oil to derail in Pennsylvania. Investigators are on their way.

1:20pm – wind appears to be picking up slightly with occasional gusts heard over the sound of melting snow coming off the roof.

1:57pm – TWC has pushed back the snow from 4pm to 5pm… but they are still predicting 1-3 inches of snow from earlier. Meanwhile, snow melting off the roof has remained steady for past few hours.

2:29pm – Wilkes-Barre (Pa) is already reporting 4.2” of snow with heavy snow expected to reach them this sometime this afternoon. Similarly, Albany (NY) is reporting 4.6” with “heavy snow” and is predicted to get anywhere between 11-15” before the storm pushes out later tonight…

2:31pm -Whereas Coral Gables (Fl) has “mostly cloudy” skies with temperatures in the mid-70s all day with no chance of precipitation through the next 5 days. *sigh*

2:47pm – Accuweather is still calling for rain\snow to start around 4pm and last through the evening hours…fortunately, the threat of ice melts away by 11pm.

3:15pm – TWC is reporting 6.7” of snow in Harrisburg (Pa) with light precipitation with temps staying steady in the mid-30s through the rest of the afternoon before dropping below freezing again after sunset.

3:27pm – The leaking tanker cars from the train derailment earlier today have apparently been plugged already despite 4” of snow. Federal investigators are still en route. No injuries or fires have been reported.

3:55pm – Foot’s Forecast is predicting another round of snow beginning around 5pm from a fast moving “mini hurricane” that could bring an additional 2-3” of snow per hour before heading up the coast this evening.  Great…

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