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The huge huge snowstorm that turned Arizona golf courses white, closed airports when snowplow drivers couldn’t see each other, closed highways across a dozen middle America states earlier in the week could dump as much as a foot of snow on New England.
Accuweather forecasts a weekend of snow for eastern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Virginia.
Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said a storm bringing up to a couple of feet of snow over the Plains “will reorganize on the East Coast this weekend and will deliver heavy snow to party of New England by Sunday.
The report said the first threat would be to parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. In Denver, inbound flights were diverted because of the conditions. It was in Kansas City where airport officials closed down their traffic because snowplow drivers working to keep runways clear couldn’t see.
The victim was identified as Kristina Leigh Allen, 19, of Calloway, Neb.
The flakes were accompanied in some places by thunder and lightning.
“When there is thunder and lightning, it’s a pretty screaming clue that you are going to have massive snowfall,” Andy Bailey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo., told Reuters.
Not everyone, however, was unhappy with the mid-winter storm. Agriculture experts said the region, which has been experiencing drought conditions for two years, greatly needed whatever moisture would arrive. In fact, Denver was at only half of the snow total it normally has seen by this time of year.