Winter storm Gail set to pound mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions – UPDATED 12.17.2020

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Winter storm Gail set to pound mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.
National Weather Service

Norfolk Southern issued another service alert today regarding the impact of Winter Storm Gail on its service territory in the northeast:

“Winter Storm Gail is pushing through the far northeastern part of the Norfolk Southern system and has brought heavy snow, freezing rain, and high winds across the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. Norfolk Southern is actively restoring service in all areas impacted. Due to the extremely heavy snow in certain areas of northeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New York, traffic will be held for these destinations until the snow can be cleared, and local service will be curtailed. Customers with shipments traveling to these areas should expect a delay of 24 to 72 hours.”

A major winter storm, Gail, is expected to hammer the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states over the next couple of days. The National Weather Service had this to say about the storm, which has already begun:

“A widespread swath of heavy wet snow is likely from the central Appalachians and interior Mid-Atlantic into parts of the Northeast and southern New England. Freezing rain and ice are also likely in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Major travel disruptions are very likely.” The NWS adds that heavy winds will be part of this storm.

Earlier today, Norfolk Southern released the following service alert:

“Norfolk Southern is preparing for winter storm Gail, which is expected to bring heavy snow, freezing rain, and high winds from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast including Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Storm impacts are expected to start early Wednesday and continue through Thursday. Norfolk Southern is staging engineering and mechanical resources across the system. Customers with shipments traveling to these areas should expect a delay of 24 – 48 hours.”

Other rail operations in these areas will be impacted as well, and RT&S will continue to monitor and report on this story as warranted.

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