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Northeast on Alert for Possible Monster Storm
Friday, March 02, 2001
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast corridor, meteorologists were watching on Friday for the formation of what could be the biggest snowstorm to hit the East Coast in decades, the U.S. National Weather Service said.
Forecasters were keeping an eye on two powerful weather systems that, should they converge, could potentially produce a major snowstorm beginning on Sunday, said National Weather Service spokesman Curtis Carey.
"Meteorologists say it's unusual and it's not like anything they've seen in 50 years," Carey said in an interview.
A low pressure system moving up from the Gulf of Mexico and "a cold area" coming down from Canada could combine in the Carolinas and create a severe snowstorm, Carey said.
"If these two systems do meet, you could see potentially a foot of snow from Washington, D.C., north to New York," Carey said.
"The real question right now is when those systems meet and where," he said. "Meteorologists tonight are scratching their heads and watching this, all curious to see how it's going to come out," he added.
Forecasters will have a clearer picture of what's going to happen on Saturday, Carey said. Currently, Washington can expect rain or snow early on Sunday, he said.
-- Martin Thompson (email@example.com), March 02, 2001