Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

snowy apocalypse meter 2008-12-11

It'd be a "Whatever," but ice can be tricky.

So, yep, it looks like we're going to get the first significant snow and ice of the season during the next 24 hours. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 1 pm Friday. Here's the forecast from the NWS:

Tonight
Freezing rain, snow and sleet -- possibly heavy at times. Snow and sleet accumulation could be 1 to 3 inches. Temps will start out in the 20s and rise over night.

Friday
Freezing rain and snow in the morning. Chance of snow in the afternoon -- accumulation of maybe 1 to 3 inches. Temps in the mid 30s.

We're going to have to project this as an almost "Mildly Annoying" icy, snowy apocalypse. It'd be a total "whatever" event, but ice can be tricky. We're hoping those warmer temps will keep the accumulation down.

Note: AOA has absolutely no weather forecasting expertise. We do, however, think it's funny how every winter storm is treated like the end of the world.

Update: NBC News did a live hit about the storm from Albany last night...

Comments

This is Albany, NY not Albany, GA, so everyone needs to mellow out, already.

Whatever? As long as you guys clean the airport! I want to go home. Alternatively, if someone can suggest a good restaurant in Philly... Can't wait to be stuck there tomorrow.

Love it. :) But no one was stocking up on canned goods at the coop this afternoon... so it can't be that apocalyptic.

This is my favorite meteorological graphic on the subject, ever.

The only thing more dependable than wintry weather in the Northeast is the hysteria that such weather is met with in our neck of the woods. I'm not sure why the Capital Region is thus inclined, I've never experienced anything quite like it in the other snowy upstate cities of NY. My grandma used to regularly plow her Buick through the worst Buffalo blizzards without batting an eye, just to get to bowling on time.

Glad Albany made NBC Nightly News for something other than Client No. 9.

@S: Good restaurant in Philly: Spasso in Old City

http://www.spassoitaliangrill.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/spasso-italian-grill-philadelphia-2

Try the grilled calamari and the gorgonzola gnocchi.

@Greg: Oh thanks, somebody also suggested Positano Coast. I'd love to try, but honestly I don't want to miss the Santa Speedo Run (on Ice). Crossing my fingers.

All Over Philly.

I've lived in the Capital Region for a couple of years. After several scary skidding incidents and broken ribs from falling on nice, I can safely say: I HATE WINTER!!

I'm taking time away from sorting my magic the gathering cards to write to you (because my red/white direct damage deck works better in theory, and my stupid cousin has a black deck with a ton of fliers unaffected by summoning sickness and those things are freaking annoying to kill!!!) because technically if there's a big storm Al Gore would be right because that's one of the ironies of global warming. If you were half as cool as me, you'd know that.

To walk on ice and icy snow--get a pair of Yaktrax to give you great traction. They slip onto any pair of shoes or boots and are inexpensive. I got a pair last year (at EMS, but you can also order online) because I walk my dog on Albany sidewalks and was nervous about slipping on the ice.
AOL: you should feature Yaktrax as one of your holiday gift ideas. They are that good in terms of safety. This is a great gift for anybody who has to navigate icy surfaces--like walking to a bus stop. Very good for senior citizens

In general, if people actually dressed for the weather (warm hat, good gloves or mittens, long underwear, warm socks), they could enjoy winter a lot more and complain a lot less. Right now I'm going to take my dog to the golf course and it'll be a glistening wonderland of sparkling branches. (Far nicer than the cheesy faked-up version in Washington Park you have to pay to see.)

@ chrisck: I got those yaktraks too and love them for sidewalks. But if anyone's planning on buying'em and actually plans to actually hike with them I'd suggest making sure you get the ones with the velcro and maybe consider getting them too small. Otherwise they'll shift around on your shoe and you'll have to keep adjusting them, which totally sucks.

Jackers--you're totally right. My first pair of Yaktrax (a gift) did not have the velcro straps and I lost one walking through a meadow. It popped off without me knowing it. Then I bought the ones with the velcro to secure them and they work great.

Kent: [jumping in, panting] Hello, I'm Kent Brockman! Our top
stories tonight: a tremendous _explosion_ in the price of
lumber, President Reagan _dyes_...his hair, plus Garry
Trudeau and his new musical comedy revue. But first! Let's
check the death count from the killer storm bearing down on
us like a shotgun full of snow.
Weatherman: Well, Kent, as of now the death count is zero. But it _is_
ready to shoot right up.
Kent: Oh my God. [shakes fist at heaven] Damn you snow!


To reiterate my point:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/19932/the-simpsons-snow-day

I'm a bit late in finding this post, but when in Philadelphia I never miss a chance to eat at the Famous 4th Street Deli at the corner of 4th and Bainbridge, It's a true New York style Jewish deli that serves matzoh soup with matzoh balls as big as your fist, a cabbage soup that "Coffee Talk's" Linda Richman might say was "to die for," overstuffed zaftig sandwiches, and the best brisket I've ever had. Every meal begins with the complimentary house cole slaw and ends with a homemade chocolate chip cookie. The restaurant has been in business since the 1920s.

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