'Snowquester' Storm Seen from Space
NASA's Suomi NPP satellite caught a winter storm barreling toward the East Coast Tuesday morning.
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As the east coast of the U.S. braces for Nor'easter Nemo, what's the weather been like for other countries around the world? Here, a young girl is pictured with her dog and a pony as it snows near Warsaw, Poland on Feb. 7, 2013.
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Afghan motor-cyclists ride in front of the war-damaged Darlaman Palace in Kabul on Feb. 7, 2013.
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A snow plow clears a road on Feb. 7, 2013, in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.
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Snow covers the pavement in front of the Semperoper (Semper Opera House) in Dresden, eastern Germany, on Feb. 7, 2013.
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Pakistani Kashmiris walk through the snow in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Feb. 6, 2013.
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Commuters shelter from the snow under umbrellas whilst on their way to work in Tokyo on February 6, 2013.
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Indonesian people wade through a flooded main street in Jakarta on Feb. 6, 2013.
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Indonesian motorists maneuver through a flooded main street in Jakarta on Feb. 6, 2013.
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A Kashmiri fisherman rows his boat during a sunny day at Dal Lake, on Feb. 6, 2013 in Srinagar, India.
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Cars stand still on a road after snowfalls on Feb. 6, 2013 in Essen, western Germany.
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A rickshaw puller trying to protect himself from showers with umbrella on Feb. 5, 2013 in Noida, India.
The latest in a series of late-season snowstorms is hitting the East Coast, dumping nearly a foot of snow on some locales as it passes.
The Mid-Atlantic states received several inches of snow last night (March 5). Traffic snarls are expected today along Interstate 95 as the system collides with warm air over the East Coast, pummeling northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, N.Y.'s Long Island and southern Connecticut with heavy, wet snow.
The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang blog, which dubbed the storm "Snowquester," said thundersnow was possible in the D.C. area. Thundersnow, or a snow thunderstorm, rumbles when air from the ground rushes upward to high levels of the atmosphere, paired with temperatures at or below freezing.
NASA's Suomi NPP satellite snapped a picture of the storm from space Tuesday as the wintry weather blasted across the plains. Clouds obscure the Midwest in the image, where parts of North Dakota and Minnesota were blanketed with 10 inches (25 cm) of snow, the NWS reported.
By tonight and early Thursday morning, the gale will move offshore and high winds could whip up storm surges, the NWS predicts. Mid-Atlantic coastal communities have received flood watches and gale warnings in advance of the storm. Wind gusts of 45 to 50 knots (83 to 92 kph) were expected in the waters off New York, the NWS said.
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