Nightly News   |  February 09, 2010

Mid-Atlantic braces for second snow pile

The federal government and schools in the nation's capitol remained closed Tuesday as another major winter storm is set to track up the East Coast and hit New York City Wednesday. NBC's Al Roker reports.

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>> from washington . al roker is working tonight to talk to us about the storm's pass. a little bit of snow is a novelty. kids love the days off. this is serious and getting ridiculous.

>> and even dangerous, brian. on our maps we've got winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and winter storm watches stretching from iowa all the way to new england. almost 50 million people affected by these systems. in fact, a number of areas are going to see their biggest snowfall season ever. philadelphia, baltimore, washington , atlantic city , will all break records over the next 48 hours . here is the storm system on the satellite radar, from chicago, green bay , pittsburgh seeing snow, as you saw in the live shot, lots of snow in washington . it's all part of a double barrel low pressure system . right now one low in ohio, the other off the coast. the coastal lows should become the dominant one. early tomorrow morning , a mix of rain and snow along the coast. then as it pulls away it turns to all snow late tomorrow night and moves away. here is what we expect as far as accumulations by late tomorrow night. in the midwest, anywhere from three to six inches. some areas as much as nine inches from chicago, cleveland to erie, pennsylvania. along the eastern seaboard , wind gusts 50 to 55 miles per hour. possibility of blizzard-like conditions. from baltimore to philadelphia, we expect the heaviest, up to 20 inches. in new york city , close to 16 inches. as we move as far south as washington , another seven to 14 inches of snow. we'll update this for you tomorrow morning on "wake up with al" on the weather channel and "the today show" starting at 7:00.

>> al, thanks. we'll see you in the morning .

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