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Winter storm bears down on US east coast

Weather forecasters predict a significant winter storm from the Mid-Atlantic through New England, including high winds and heavy snowfall. Hundreds of airline flights have been canceled.

By Staff writer / December 26, 2010

A man tries unsuccessfully to keep his car from sliding into another vehicle in Asheville, N.C. on Christmas Day. Much of the US East Coast, including North Carolina, is under a winter storm warning.

John Coutlakis/The Asheville Citizen-Times/AP

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If you were dreaming of a white Christmas holiday and you live along the US East Coast, you might just get your wish today. So if you don't need to travel or be at work, best to settle in at home with a hot cup of cocoa and those reruns of "It's a Wonderful Life."

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Weather forecasters predict a significant winter storm from the Mid-Atlantic through New England. Or as the National Weather Service puts it, "An intensifying low pressure system is forecast to move northward along the US East Coast, bringing significant snowfall from the Mid-Atlantic through New England."

That means light snow and wet roads turning icy in Georgia, a winter storm warning from South Carolina northward, up to blizzard conditions in New England.

Look for heavy snow and strong winds in the northeast beginning Sunday evening, according to the Weather Channel, with "the heaviest snows and strongest winds ... expected to impact areas from New Jersey to Southern New England by overnight tonight with blizzard or near-blizzard conditions expected in some areas."

"The Northeast is expected to get the brunt of the storm," reports the Associated Press. "Forecasters issued a blizzard warning for New York City for Sunday and Monday, with a forecast of 11 to 16 inches of snow and strong winds that will reduce visibility to near zero at times. A blizzard warning was also in effect for Rhode Island and most of eastern Massachusetts including Boston, with forecasters predicting 15 to 20 inches of snow."

As the storm approaches, air travelers have been forced to make alternate plans.

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