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Major snowstorm slams the East, AccuWeather forecasts are first and spot-on



An intense and deadly storm lashed the eastern half of the country producing heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Our meteorologists stayed ahead of it, warning businesses and protecting people.

Key Highlights

AccuWeather predicted the first snowfall amounts 5 days in advance of the storm and at least 24 hours ahead of other weather services

In Florida, our meteorologists warned businesses of dangerous tornadoes in Florida well in advance of other public warnings

SkyGuard®clients, on average, receive weather warnings 2x faster than public alerts, helping save lives and property

Dangerous Winter Blast

A major winter storm hurled everything from an EF2 tornado to nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas over the holiday weekend, resulting in dozens of accidents, power outages for tens of thousands, and at least two deaths. The storm impacted major cities from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. to Atlanta. As early as Tuesday, AccuWeather forecasters warned about a potential winter storm. The team issued their first snowfall forecast map more than four days before the system’s arrival, ahead of any other weather source, and correctly predicted more than 6 inches of snow across the interior Northeast.

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Additional success stories from January 15-17, 2022:

  • State College, PA (actual snow: 6.5”): On Wednesday afternoon, AccuWeather initially predicted 6 to 10 inches and never changed the forecast. Other public weather sources, including the National Weather Service, predicted only 4 inches.
  • Pittsburgh, PA (Actual Snow: 7”): AccuWeather issued a spot-on forecast, calling for  4 to 8 inches of snow for Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon for Sunday night. 
  • Charlotte, NC, and Greenville, SC (Actual:~1” of sleet and ~0.10 – 0.25” of freezing rain): For days in advance, AccuWeather accurately predicted the potential for significant ice in this region, specifically highlighting the threat of a major ice storm with downed trees and power outages.
  • Fort Myers, FL (EF-2 tornado): An EF-2 tornado with dangerous winds of 118 mph struck early Sunday morning. Our meteorologists detected this tornado and provided 16 minutes of advance notice, while other public warnings came out just 3 minutes before touchdown. 

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