blizzard watch

Now that I am on the East Coast, I can enjoy the onset of exciting weather (of which there is little in CA). I have always loved winter storms (though I don’t really enjoy winter itself all that much) and the way that people tend to blow them out of proportion (at least they always did in MD when I was growing up). In New England at least some of the frenzy is a bit more justified. They’ve upgraded from winter storm watch to blizzard watch:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE-NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

…BLIZZARD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…

SNOW WILL BEGIN ON THE SOUTH COAST AND ISLANDS BETWEEN 8 PM AND 11 PM TONIGHT…AND SHOULD REACH THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR BETWEEN 10 PM TONIGHT AND 1 AM SUNDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 10 INCHES ON NANTUCKET AND BLOCK ISLAND…TO BETWEEN 8 AND 15 INCHES ELSEWHERE. THE 15 INCH TOTALS ARE MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR FROM PROVIDENCE AND BOSTON TO THE SOUTH COAST.

DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM SUNDAY…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITH SNOWFALL RATES NEAR 3 INCHES PER HOUR. NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 50 MPH MAY PRODUCE WHITE OUT CONDITIONS WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY. ON THE SOUTH COAST…CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS WIND GUSTS MAY REACH 60 MPH.

THIS IS A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. PLAN TO HAVE TRAVEL COMPLETED BY EARLY THIS EVENING. TRAVEL DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM WILL BE SERIOUSLY IMPACTED BY THE COMBINATION OF POOR VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED ROADS.

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