Winter Is Here. Ugh.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 04:07 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

From AccuWeather, we have a weather advisory. I have left the <sarcasm>endearing</sarcasm> caps intact because apparently meteorologists don’t know now to turn off Caps Lock.

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA

407 PM EST TUE DEC 8 2009

…WINTRY WEATHER WILL IMPACT THE WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE…

.LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK TO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES WEDNESDAY. VERY SLIPPERY TRAVEL IS ANTICIPATED WEDNESDAY MORNING OVER INTERIOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. A SHORT PERIOD OF 1 INCH PER HOUR HEAVY SNOWFALL MAY OCCUR BEFORE THE CHANGE TO SLEET…FREEZING RAIN…AND EVENTUALLY RAIN BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

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WESTERN FRANKLIN MA- EASTERN FRANKLIN MA- NORTHERN WORCESTER MA- CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA- WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA- WESTERN HAMPDEN MA- EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA- EASTERN HAMPDEN MA- SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA- NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA- EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF… CHARLEMONT… GREENFIELD… ORANGE… BARRE… FITCHBURG… FRAMINGHAM… LOWELL… CHESTERFIELD… BLANDFORD… AMHERST… NORTHAMPTON… SPRINGFIELD… MILFORD… WORCESTER… AYER… MANCHESTER… NASHUA

407 PM EST TUE DEC 8 2009

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

THE ADVISORY COVERS MUCH OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BETWEEN 4 AM AND 7 AM AND BECOME HEAVY FOR A TIME DURING A PORTION OF THE MORNING COMMUTE BEFORE CHANGING TO SLEET…FREEZING RAIN AND THEN RAIN DURING MIDDAY.

SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 2 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED…WITH THE HEAVIEST ACROSS THE HIGH TERRAIN OF WORCESTER COUNTY ONTO THE EAST SLOPES OF THE BERKSHIRES.

A LIGHT COATING OF ICE IS ALSO POSSIBLE DURING THE TRANSITION TO RAIN BY EARLY AFTERNOON.

BE PREPARED FOR VERY SLIPPERY TRAVEL WEDNESDAY MORNING OVER MOST OF INTERIOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.

THERE IS A LOW PROBABILITY OF DOWNED TREE BRANCHES AND SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES IN THIS ADVISORY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SNOW AND/OR ICE IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP IN THE AFFECTED AREAS…BUT ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT. ANY SNOW OR ICE WOULD MAKE DRIVING AND WALKING DIFFICULT…BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE…ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS. WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING…MOTORISTS NEED TO BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES WHERE SLIPPERY SPOTS CAN EASILY DEVELOP.

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Yes, I realize it could be a lot worse. But that doesn’t mean I’m happy about it.

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