Why Do Atlantic Coast Places Get Snowstorms?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Places immediately along the West Coast don't get too much snow in winter because the relatively warm Pacific Ocean keeps our temperatures usually above freezing in winter.

But how come places along the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast do get snow?

That's because our weather mainly moves west-to-east. So while our weather comes from the ocean, the East Coast's weather usually comes from the inland Midwest and Canada.

Many times, winter storms come out of central Canada, drop south and east over the East Coast and can bring a lot of snow, even to places along the ocean.

Also, water temperatures in the northern Atlantic Ocean tend to be lower than the northern Pacific Ocean, which helps then stay cooler.

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