Coming Winter Storm: When Will Severe Snow Storm System Reach New England?

By Staff Reporter on December 26, 2012 10:17 AM EST

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NASA handout image shows storm clouds on the east coast of the United States (Photo: NASA)

The weather outside is mighty frightful this Christmas (and beyond) as a winter storm system as well as a southern tornado disrupts the holiday festivities for thousands of families. Weather forecasters issued winter warnings on Christmas Eve that alerted residents of the Southeast that conditions would be particularly nasty on Christmas day. In fact, according to Fox News, The storm system heading from the Gulf Coast to New England has been blamed for three deaths and several injuries.

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Via Mobile, Alabama's Press Register, reporter John Sharp shared his first-hand encounter with the storm: "I’ve heard it from those who’ve been through it plenty of times — ‘It sounds like the roar of a train.’ Finally, I got my confirmation. Yes, indeed it does."

Huddled inside his apartment while the storm raged in his neighborhood, "Sirens had started to sound. I turned on TV, but the signal was disrupted. That’s when the wind began to pick up. Then it roared. I moved myself into my bathroom as I heard a clanging noise, like someone taking a large metal spoon to a stock pot. The power then flickered. Once it went off. Then, back on. Off for good. I did what one was supposed to do, I hunkered into my bath tub with my hands above me head curled into a fetal position.

“That’s when I heard the roar and prayed that my building would not collapse on top of me.

“It didn’t. But I knew what I had just heard. It was a tornado.”

A rather strong tornado system that rarely strikes during wintertime, let alone Christmas day, reports claim that more than one tornado hit the area. According, to the Associated Press, these "rare winter twisters" caused major damages in the state of Louisiana as well.

According to Oklahoma's KOSU.org, tens of thousands struck by the storm will be without power for a day.

Beyond the Southeastern tornadoes, the Weather Channel reported a snow storm system that worked its way across the width of the nation as it will deposit snow from California's Sierra all the way to New England, moving from coast to coast. According to Weather Channel, the storm will “track toward the Tennessee Valley and central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states and New England through Wednesday and Thursday. This will produce a stripe of snow from the Ozarks northeastward into the Midwest. Peak snowfall amounts in the 6-12 inch range are expected from parts of Arkansas northeast into Ohio.”

Elaborating on the forecast, Boston.com reports that the big winter storm will head for New England, packing up to 18 inches in snow fall "for much of the region."

The Storm is expected to hit the states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine beginning late Wednesday afternoon and continuing overnight.

Boston.com also says that the heaviest snow will fall in a "southwest-to-northeast band extending from southern and central Vermont across most of New Hampshire and into Maine."

For more information, be sure to take a look at the Weather Channel's report this morning in the video below. According to the Weather Channel, the snowstorm marks the third "White Christmas" holiday in the past four years.

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