Coast to Coast Record-Setting Storm

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3 Feb 2021 5:17 PM
https://youtu.be/dO3ggRHrEks Destructive mudslides, feet of snow, wind and waves collapsing houses along the shoreline -- all part of a powerful storm system that brought impacts coast to coast to close out the first month of the year. https://twitter.com/i/status/1356361690548416513 We start in California with a tale of two different types of precipitation.  While it was much needed moisture for the Golden State, it also brought hazards for days from the mountains to the beaches.  Some cities picked up more than a foot of rain, leading to flooding and mudslides.  This prompted evacuations and even rescue missions in Monterey County. https://twitter.com/i/status/1355350021399576576 At the same time, mountain snow in the Sierras began coming down at a very fast rate, with final storm totals between six to nine feet.  The snow engulfed towns, snarled traffic, and even stranded those brave enough to be out on the roads.  From there, the storm system tracked toward the Midwest, with snow amounts measuring more than a foot in some locations from Milwaukee to Chicago to Northwest Indiana. https://twitter.com/i/status/1355728512552894467 The snow set records for Chicago, IL, coming in as the largest snowfall event total in five years with 10.8” observed at Chicago O-Hare. https://twitter.com/WeatherNation/status/1356724074630631426?s=20 The final leg of its journey --- bringing days of ice and snow into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  In the Big Apple, record setting daily snow totals rank this as one of the top 20 biggest snowstorms in recorded history. https://twitter.com/i/status/1356332146940588034 In addition to snow, coastal cities had to brace for strong onshore winds that created large surf, which resulted in coastal flooding and significant beach erosion. https://twitter.com/i/status/1356301538449215488 https://twitter.com/i/status/1356754275221782529 Homes were damaged and even destroyed with several in Sandwich, MA, collapsing into the ocean. https://twitter.com/i/status/1356799572731813888 But while this historic winter storm brought lots of headaches, it also created happiness to those who needed an excuse to get outside and make the most of it. https://twitter.com/i/status/1356437185734586370 This included a massive snowball fight in Washington, D.C. to several days of sledding … and even building a snowman in Central Park. https://twitter.com/i/status/1356044597168730114 WeatherNation will continue to bring you updates on what weather might be impacting your neighbohood next, watch us on any of these streaming devices and channels.
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