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Here We Go Again with the 4-Letter “S” Word

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 19:44 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

I refer, of course, to S-N-O-W. Lots of it. Coming our way. And all the meteorologists in the area insist it won’t fizzle like so many predicted big storms do. The National Weather Service posted this map showing areas covered by a winter storm warning in pink and areas under a blizzard warning in orange. If maps could talk, this one would say, “Don’t even think about going out there.”

Forecast map

The forecast makes me think I should stockpile canned goods and powdered milk on the way home.

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
420 PM EST TUE JAN 11 2011

…WINTER STORM CONDITIONS WILL AFFECT MOST OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND INTO SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…

CTZ002>004-MAZ004>006-008>013-017-026-RIZ001>006-120530-/O.EXT.KBOX.WS.W.0004.110112T0500Z-110113T0100Z/
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA- CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA- WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA- SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA- NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI- SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI- BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…HARTFORD…WINDSOR LOCKS…UNION…VERNON…PUTNAM…WILLIMANTIC…BARRE…FITCHBURG…FRAMINGHAM…LOWELL…LAWRENCE…CHESTERFIELD…BLANDFORD…AMHERST…NORTHAMPTON…SPRINGFIELD…MILFORD…WORCESTER…FOXBORO…NORWOOD…TAUNTON…AYER…FOSTER…SMITHFIELD…PROVIDENCE…WEST GREENWICH…WARWICK…BRISTOL…NARRAGANSETT…WESTERLY
420 PM EST TUE JAN 11 2011

…WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

* LOCATIONS…NORTHERN CONNECTICUT…CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MASSACHUSETTS…ALL OF RHODE ISLAND EXCEPT NEWPORT COUNTY AND BLOCK ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…12 TO 16 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL START BY MIDNIGHT ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN ZONES…THEN OVERSPREAD THE REST OF THE AREA DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR POSSIBLE IN THE HEAVIEST BANDS.

* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THE MORNING COMMUTE. STRONG NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH HEAVY SNOW TO CREATE NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES.

* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 20 WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN AN AVERAGE OF 6 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD…OR FOR 8 OR MORE INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. TRAVEL WILL BE SLOW AT BEST ON WELL TREATED SURFACES…AND QUITE DIFFICULT ON ANY UNPLOWED OR UNTREATED SURFACES.

The ALL CAPS and Courier font are nice touches, but my favorite is the red text.

I am prepared for the 5:45 a.m. robo-call from work telling me we’re closed <fingers crossed, need to pack>.

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