Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

snowy apocalypse meter 2011-01-17

Updated Tuesday morning: Apocalypse revised. It appears the snow is ahead of schedule (surprise). This is going to be one of those days where you'll need extra time to get where you're going -- the entire day.
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With some apprehension after the performance last time out, we've cranked up the Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Meter again -- newly re-calibrated.

Here's the (paraphrased) forecast:

Early Tuesday morning: Snow, but probably not much accumulation. Temps rising a bit... to about 15.
Tuesday morning, early afternoon: More snow. Accumulation. Snow and sleet accumulations of 3-5 inches.
Tuesday afternoon: Here's where it gets tricky. Temps are predicted to hover around the freezing point, and it looks we'll be getting the ever popular wintry mix. But the forecast is predicting "little or no ice accumulation expected."
Tuesday evening: Temps drop a few degress, with "freezing drizzle."
Wednesday: Warm -- highs around 35. Some chance of snow in the morning, tapering off in the afternoon and evening.
Thursday: Sunny and colder, highs around 25.
Thursday night/Friday: More chance of snow.

OK, so 3-5 inches of snow during rush hour could be slow things considerably. But the real threat here is ice. If something shifts and that precipitation does start glazing everything, it's going to be a real pain. A coating of ice is worse than many inches of snow.

Brake early and lightly, you hardy Northeasterners.

Necessary note: You should take this all with an enormous bag of rock salt. AOA has absolutely no weather forecasting expertise. At all. That said, the world will probably not end because of some snow. Most likely.

Comments

Mmmmmm... glazing.

"Warm -- highs around 35." This makes me giggle. Gotta love NY in January!

@Meagan: It's all relative! After single digits, 35 is going to feel like a heat wave...

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