edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Once again, the car's A/C is all crapped out. Just in time for a new heat wave ...
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
The air conditioning on my car would crap out in the middle of the second heat wave of the year.

(Local weather folk are saying that this is the first time in history that Boston has had two heat waves before June 14. Yay.)
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
It's Pi day (3/14) and we've got a blizzard! Or at least warnings thereof:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Taunton MA
719 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>012-026-RIZ001-141930-
/O.CON.KBOX.BZ.W.0003.170314T1200Z-170315T0000Z/
Hartford CT-Tolland CT-Windham CT-Western Franklin MA-
Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA-
Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA-
Western Hampden MA-Eastern Hampshire MA-Eastern Hampden MA-
Southern Worcester MA-Northern Middlesex MA-
Northwest Providence RI-
Including the cities of Hartford, Windsor Locks, Union, Vernon,
Putnam, Willimantic, Charlemont, Greenfield, Orange, Barre,
Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Gloucester,
Chesterfield, Blandford, Amherst, Northampton, Springfield,
Milford, Worcester, Ayer, Foster, and Smithfield
719 AM EDT Tue Mar 14 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS
EVENING...

* LOCATIONS...Western Massachusetts and Hartford County in
Connecticut.

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow with Blizzard Conditions.

* ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches, with
localized 18 to 24 inch amounts possible across extreme
western Massachusetts.

* TIMING...Snow will overspread the region through 7 am this
morning. The snow will quickly become heavy by late morning
with 2 to 4 inch per hour snowfall rates possible at times
into the afternoon. The snow may end as a bit of sleet or
freezing rain across portions of northern CT into central MA
and northeast MA. The snow will taper off early this evening...
but lingering snow showers will remain possible especially
across far western MA.

* IMPACTS...The heavy snow and strong winds will result in
blizzard conditions and near zero visibility at times. Many
roads will become impassable and strong winds may result in
some tree damage and scattered power outages...especially
across northeast MA. Travel is not recommended.

* WINDS...Northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

* VISIBILITIES...One quarter mile or less at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent
gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or
blowing snow. Visibilities will become poor with whiteout
conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or
disoriented. So persons in the warning area are strongly advised
to stay indoors.


Given the forecast, I didn't bother trying to go into work this morning. The commuter rail is running on a "reduced" schedule, and walking through the teeth of a blizzard is ... not my idea of fun.

(Also, I think this is the first time I've reprinted a National Weather Service warning message since they abandoned their ALL-CAPS TELETYPE FORMAT. I kind of miss it.)
edschweppe: (can't take it any more)
But not necessarily in a good way. Thus sayeth NOAA:
Statewide Average Temperature Ranks, December 2015-February 2016, Period 1895-2016; showing that all six New England states had their record highest average temperature

The December-February average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 36.8°F, 4.6°F above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record of 36.5°F set in 1999/2000. The exceptionally warm December boosted the contiguous U.S. winter temperature. The February temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 39.5°F, 5.7°F above the 20th century average, ranking as the seventh warmest on record and warmest since 2000.
Forty-six states across the contiguous U.S. had a winter temperature that was above average. Much-above average winter temperatures were observed across the West, Great Plains, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast. Each of the six New England states had a winter temperature that was record warm.
Alaska had its second warmest December-February with a statewide temperature of 14.2°F, 10.6°F above average. Several locations across Alaska were record warm including Barrow and King Salmon, while Anchorage and Juneau had their second warmest December-February.
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/national/201602

But, of course, certain political factions are convinced there's no such thing as climate change.
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According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in Boston at 4AM this morning was -9F, breaking the old record by five degrees, and the coldest reading at that location since 1957.

Tonight's forecast low temperature in my town: -13F.
Tuesday's forecast high temperature in my town: 52F.

That's a sixty=five degree Fahrenheit swing in less than 48 hours. Even by New England's (in)famous wait-a-minute-weather standards, that's extraordinary.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Well, shit! Lookit what the National Weather Service has posted for my neck of the woods!
TORNADO WARNING
MAC017-027-041830-
/O.NEW.KBOX.TO.W.0008.150804T1807Z-150804T1830Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
207 PM EDT TUE AUG 4 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
  NORTHEASTERN WORCESTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS...
  NORTH CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...

* UNTIL 230 PM EDT

* AT 206 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
  CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED
  OVER LEOMINSTER...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  LOWELL...LEOMINSTER...FITCHBURG...BILLERICA...CHELMSFORD...
  WESTFORD...ACTON...CONCORD...CLINTON...BEDFORD...TYNGSBOROUGH...
  GROTON...LUNENBURG...LITTLETON...LANCASTER...STERLING...AYER...
  SHIRLEY...STOW AND HARVARD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! DO NOT WAIT TO SEE THE TORNADO. GO TO A BASEMENT OR
INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING...AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. IF IN A VEHICLE...A MOBILE HOME OR OUTDOORS...GET TO THE
CLOSEST SHELTER. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

&&

LAT...LON 4242 7177 4254 7183 4269 7140 4249 7127
TIME...MOT...LOC 1806Z 253DEG 42KT 4250 7173
$$

KJC




Hopefully this won't actually spawn any tornadoes. Because it would really suck to take the train home and not find a home there :-(.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
It snowed most of yesterday. Not heavily, but enough to put a frosting on the trees and windshields, and scare the highway departments into breaking out the salt trucks again. Fortunately, the trees haven't started leafing out yet, so there was no damage done (we had a very nasty May snowstorm back in the day which took down a lot of tree branches and, IIRC, ended up killing a bunch of trees completely). Most of the big snowbanks in downtown Boston are gone - but not all of them. There are bare patches on the ground out here where I live - but most of the ground still has a noticeable snowpack.

I'm getting just a wee bit tired of this weather pattern. More below-normal temperatures are expected for the early part of the week, and the six-o'clock news guy said the early indications are that we might get more snow flurries next weekend.

Meanwhile, Keolis says they'll be operating their pre-snowpocalyptic commuter rail schedule starting tomorrow. Unfortunately, they couldn't actually keep to that schedule before all the snow started falling; odds that they'll suddenly get up to snuff seem kind of ... remote. Last week, of the ten rides I took into and out of Boston, four arrived on time. Three more were less than five minutes late (which is the standard Keolis has to meet to avoid fines) and the remaining three were respectively nine, ten and nineteen minutes late. The MBTA contract calls for 95% on-time performance; last week was at best 70%.

(For bonus fun, the ten-minute-late train also didn't have working HEP - thus no lights, heating or ventilation. Or WiFi, for that matter.)

Oh, and my physical therapy appointment on Thursday got cancelled because the physiotherapist was out sick.

There is one bit of good news on the knee-healing front, though. In the last couple of days, I've been able to (occasionally) walk up flights of stairs without having to grab a bannister for support. Still haven't dared to try that going down stairs, mind. But I'll take signs of progress wherever I can.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Friday was the vernal equinox, and it snowed. Not much, but it snowed.

Yesterday was the first full day of spring, and it snowed some more. Again, not much - maybe a bit over an inch between the two snowfalls, and it melted almost immediately - but, still, it snowed.

Tomorrow morning's National Weather Service forecast is calling for early morning air temperatures around 14F and wind chills around 3F in my neck of the woods. Which really sucks for late March, waiting on the platform for the commuter rail.

And said commuter rail still hasn't recovered from the seven-plus feet of snow we got this winter. Keolis (the French outfit that took over the contract last summer) has put out a schedule that includes most of the pre-snowpocalypse trains, but that's a far cry from actually meeting said schedules. Over the last five weeks, I have only once had a commute where both my inbound and outbound trains were on time (Wednesday, March 11th). If I count the times when the train was less than five minutes late (which means Keolis doesn't face a fine for it), I can add four more round trips (2/27, 3/2 and 3/12) to the list. Overall, of my 42 total rides since President's Day [1], only 16 have qualified as "on-time" by the less-than-five-minutes rule, for an on-time percentage of 33%.

Which, to put it mildly, sucks, even worse than normal. Keolis is supposed to maintain a 95% on time percentage. The Boston Globe Magazine ran a story back on February 22, Will the MBTA commuter rail ever run on time?, which noted that the November 2014 OTP for the Fitchburg line was only 66%. Even a 95% OTP means that someone who rides five days a week can expect a late train about once every other week.

At least last week I didn't have any trips where the lights and heat died mid-trip; I'd had three of those in the three previous weeks.

And today's offertory in church was Sydney Carter's Julian of Norwich (aka Bells of Norwich), which is always good for lifting my spirits. "All shall be well again, I know."

[1] There were several days where I just plain didn't go into Boston for various reasons, and a couple where I had to drive in because the train wouldn't get me out in time for important appointments.
edschweppe: A picture of my church (church)
Another day, another few inches of snow. Fortunately, the freezing rain stayed well to my south and west, so the driving wasn't that terrible. And the temperatures even got (slightly) above freezing!

"The Storm Is Passing Over" (written by Charles Albert Tindley, arranged by Barbara W. Baker) was the offertory anthem today at church. Appropriate, what?

Of course, we're back into the deep freeze tonight and early next week. Tomorrow night has wind chill advisories up, with forecast air temperatures below zero Fahrenheit. And the MBTA commuter rail has once again signally failed to meet even its miniscule weekend schedule, which bodes poorly for its performance tomorrow morning. But no point in worrying too much about that tonight.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
So tomorrow isn't the weekend, or a holiday, and nobody's predicting a Snowstorm of DOOOM. That means it's time to go back to work, right?

Well, that may depend on the MBTA. As-you-know-Bob, the T shut down completely on Sunday during the height of the blizzard; that was the second time in a week that they'd cancelled rail service. Today was President's Day, when the T normally runs commuter rail on a Saturday schedule, which for my line means eight round-trips instead of seventeen. Despite the reduced schedule, there were still an awful lot of cancellations and late trains showing up on the service updates pages and the @MBTA_CR Twitter feed.

They've now announced that Tuesday's commuter rail would be on a "modified weekday schedule". For the Fitchburg line, that's going to mean only eleven round trips (vice 17), only four of which (vice six) will be during rush hour. The odds of them actually meeting that schedule are ... miniscule at best. (Not that driving in would be an improvement, considering how many of the main roads into and around Boston still don't have all their travel lanes cleared.)

Oh, and we may be getting another inch or two of snow tomorrow. Because of course we need a fresh coat.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Well, the National Weather Service has yet to officially declare this storm a blizzard. Still, it's certainly snowing to beat the band out my hotel window, and it sure looks like the visibility is less than a quarter-mile, so I suspect it's just a matter of time. According to the news, February 2015 is now the snowiest month in Boston history - and there are still two weeks in the month!

Reading the long-term portion of the current NWS area forecast discussion, even the weather professionals are getting a bit punchy:
 - POTENTIAL MIDWEEK STORM SYSTEM MAINLY IN THE FORM OF SNOW
 - CONTINUED BITTERLY COLD
 - NO BREAK IN THE WEATHER PATTERN
 - NEXT CHANCE OF WARMTH: SOMETIME SPRING INTO SUMMER


OTOH, I don't have to go anywhere today. And my car's in a hotel garage, so I won't even have to dig it out tomorrow morning!
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
It's a bright, sunny, cold morning here at Boskone - but blizzard warnings are in effect from tonight at 7PM through Monday at 7AM. This is going to be the second blizzard of the year, and at least the fourth major snowstorm of the season!

Thus sayeth the National Weather Service:

NWS blizzard warning )

The snow is expected to stop falling around 2PM tomorrow. However, the winds are going to remain absurdly high through Monday morning, which will cause all sorts of blowing and drifting problems - especially since this is going to be another fluffy, dry snow event on top of several feet of snow already on the ground. (I saw a graphic on the morning news that showed Boston and Worcester with more snow than Buffalo!)

The MBTA has already given up and cancelled all Sunday services. Considering how badly their equipment has fared so far this year, I'm not that surprised; OTOH, I have a bad feeling that the hotel staff will be shorthanded tomorrow. Despite that, I've extended my hotel reservations through Monday so I don't have to risk driving home under blizzard conditions; as long as there's power and Internet, I'll be okay.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
The recent snowstorms here in Boston were so bad that the MBTA cancelled all rail [1] service today to try and recover. Now they're saying they'll run a "modified weekday" schedule tomorrow. Looking at the Fitchburg line schedule, "modified weekday" means cancelling two trains each way during rush hour and two more each way off-peak (thus only running 13 round trips instead of the regular 17).

I'm not sure if this is actually an improvement over the number of trains they were cancelling last week, but it is a tremendous improvement over not running anything at all. And, hey, maybe I'll be able to make it into the Current Paying Gig tomorrow!

[1] They also cancelled all their ferry service, too, but that doesn't directly affect me. Supposedly, there was "limited" bus service.
edschweppe: (whiskey tango foxtrot)
Okay, this is really, seriously, fucking bad. Everything the MBTA runs on rails? Shut down tomorrow:



Guess who's not going into work tomorrow, either?
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Three weeks running now, we've had a big snowstorm to start the week [1], and three weeks running now I'm not even trying to go into the Current Paying Gig on Monday.

Overnight, I only received about four inches or so, which in "normal" times would be a manageable amount to deal with for the short drive to the commuter rail parking lot. However, the MBTA still hasn't recovered from the five-plus feet of snow that Boston's already received in the last couple of weeks. Plus, while I've made a lot of progress over the last six months, my knee still isn't what anyone could call fully recovered - and I really have no interest in walking the mile from North Station to the Current Paying Gig when said mile is most likely poorly (if at all) shoveled. Let's not even talk about the single-digit wind chill factors out there...

In short, therefore, I'm once again staying at home. Whee.

[1] Technically, the big snow on the 26th didn't start until evening; however, the forecasts were dire enough that I didn't risk going into town and getting caught trying to get home in the teeth of a blizzard.

Hiatus

Feb. 8th, 2015 12:46 pm
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Not snowing at this moment. That's likely to change in the next couple of hours, according to the forecasts, which still have me in the 18-24 inch band by Monday night.

Meanwhile, no word from the Current Paying Gig if they're going to be open on Monday or not. And the MBTA commuter rail is having serious problems maintaining their Sunday schedule - so far, they've had three scheduled departures from Fitchburg and two of them have been reported as delayed. This bodes ill for the chances of working trains tomorrow, in the teeth of inch-an-hour snowfalls; even if the CPG is open, odds appear poor that I'll be able to make it in.

Joy.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Another Winter Storm Warning is up, effective 10PM tonight through 1AM Tuesday morning. This time, the call is for 12-18 inches through Monday night ... except for a "localized band of 18 to 24 inches", which is located approximately between where I live and where I work. I've got a funny feeling that I'm not going into the Current Paying Gig come Monday morning ...

We've already had multiple feet of snowfall this year. According to the graphic I just saw on the television, Boston had 5.5 inches of snowfall this season before January 23 - and 48.7 inches since then. I've got twenty inches on the ground right now, not counting plow berms and parking-lot mountains.

Joy.

Dug out

Feb. 2nd, 2015 09:57 pm
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Or mostly dug out, at least. It looks like I picked up about fourteen inches of fluffy snow from today's storm, which is hopefully finally abating.

I did not risk going into the Current Paying Gig, as that would have involved (a) driving on back roads (b) to the commuter rail parking lot, then (c) taking the train in and (d) walking from North Station to said Current Paying Gig. (a) would have been bad enough, but even if (b) had been properly plowed in the morning (no guarantee) it would have been socked in by nightfall. (c) would have been an "adventure", since almost every train was either seriously late or cancelled entirely (due to mechanical failures, frozen switches, etc) And (d) - well, Boston hadn't finished clearing sidewalks from the last snowpocalypse. Slogging a mile through a foot of snow would be just the thing for my not-yet-fully-functional knee. (Not.)

Tomorrow? We'll see; at least I'm dug out enough to have the option of going in.

Weather folks on the news were saying that this has been the snowiest single week in local history. Over three feet in Boston; over four feet in Worcester; over five feet in Leominster, about fifteen miles west of here.
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Congrats to the New England Patriots, with a close victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl (TM) XLIX. (Shouldn't 49 be IL in Roman numerals?)

And now we're back under a Winter Storm Warning, with a foot-plus of snow and 35-mph wind gusts expected tomorrow. Boston hasn't fully cleared the sidewalks from last week's snowpocalypse ...
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
At least two feet on the ground, and plenty of drifts higher than that.

However, it's a very light and fluffy snow in my neck of the woods, which has kept the trees from shedding branches all over the power lines. Judging from news reports, the South Shore and Cape Cod have been getting the heavier stuff and losing power as a result. Nantucket Island is apparently completely without power, courtesy of ocean spray getting into a main transformer station and doing bad things thereto.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Well, it's started snowing, at least. Barely a coating on my car, but there is snow on the ground.

And, presumably, lots more to come in the very near future. The final paragraph of the current NWS blizzard warning says it all:

ALL UNNECESSARY TRAVEL IS DISCOURAGED! THIS IS A SERIOUS LIFE-
THREATENING STORM!


Meanwhile, the forecast for the rest of this week is pretty much snow, snow and more snow:

Tonight: Heavy Snow (100%) Low: 12 °F

Tuesday: Heavy Snow (100%) High: 20 °F

Tuesday Night: Snow (90%) Low: 11 °F

Wednesday: Chance Snow (30%) High: 24 °F

Wednesday Night: Mostly Clear Low: 4 °F

Thursday: Slight Chance Snow (20%) High: 30 °F

Thursday Night: Snow Likely (60%) Low: 21 °F

Friday: Snow Likely (60%) High: 34 °F

Friday Night: Chance Snow (30%) Low: 11 °F

Welcome to New England.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Just got the official word from the Current Paying Gig not to bother coming in Tuesday. Not surprising, since Governor Baker has declared a state of emergency, with a travel ban and MBTA shutdown effective at midnight tonight.

No snowflakes yet. Emphasis on the word "yet".
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Blizzard warnings up for tomorrow evening through Wednesday morning:
Weather service message )

Or, in other words: here comes a cubic shitload of snow.

Definitely not going into work on Tuesday. Possibly not on Wednesday. Might even blow off Monday, considering that the train doesn't normally get me home until around the time the blizzard warning goes into effect.

Good thing my knee is more or less kind of working properly now, isn't it?
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This morning's walk to work? Low 60's, maybe 10mph winds. Sat out on Rowes Wharf at lunchtime, watching a tanker come into port. (MV Seavictory, homeported in Valetta, Malta, for those keeping score at home.)

Tomorrow's forecast? Winter storm warnings, with anywhere from seven to eleven inches of snow out in my neck of the woods expected by ten PM, and wind gusts up to 25mph.

Welcome to New England.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Not so much that the National Weather Service is predicting a late March snowstorm. This is Massachusetts; that happens some years.

Not even so much that the late March snowstorm is expected to reach blizzard conditions. Really big storms can happen at any time of the year; when they're full of snow, they tend to be considered blizzards.

But the current NWS forecast for my neck-o-the-woods calls for maybe an inch or two of snow along with winds around 20-30 miles per hour and occasional gusts up to 55 miles per hour. The blizzard warnings are up for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket - which are southeast of me:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
237 PM EDT TUE MAR 25 2014

...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WITH DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED VERY LATE
TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY ACROSS THE CAPE AND ISLANDS...

MAZ022>024-260245-
/O.UPG.KBOX.BZ.A.0004.140326T0400Z-140326T1800Z/
/O.NEW.KBOX.BZ.W.0004.140326T0400Z-140326T1800Z/
BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHATHAM...FALMOUTH...PROVINCETOWN...
VINEYARD HAVEN...NANTUCKET
237 PM EDT TUE MAR 25 2014

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 2 PM EDT
WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 2 PM EDT
WEDNESDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...CAPE COD...NANTUCKET AND MARTHA/S VINEYARD.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...STRONG DAMAGING WINDS AND BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 10 INCHES WITH THE
  HIGHER AMOUNTS EXPECTED ACROSS THE OUTER-CAPE AND NANTUCKET.
I really can't remember a blizzard this late in the season that missed me to the south. Even for New England, that's weird.
edschweppe: Count Von Count of the Muppets (count)
Today's storm has moved further Down East (to annoy Mainers and eventually the Canadian Maritimes). We picked up about eight inches between noon and six PM. Evening newscasts were showing a particularly aggravating evening commute. Another storm is forecast for tomorrow. The weatherfolk think it will be a rain/snow mix this time around, which was yet another reason to get out tonight and finish relocating the current batch while it's still relatively fluffy.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
The latest snowstorm has started snowstorming in my little neck of the woods. The good folks at the National Weather Service have yet another Winter Weather Warning up, this time for "A QUICK PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOWFALL" (five to eight inches worth) through eight PM tonight.

Boston proper is forecast to receive less, and only gets a Winter Weather Advisory. Snowpocalypse, this ain't; still, tonight's commute is likely to have much suckitude.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Around nine inches of white stuff on the ground, with a nice freezing drizzle crust on top. The National Weather Service says I might get a few more inches later tonight.

Then there's a chance of snow Saturday and Saturday night.

Then there's likely going to be snow Monday night into Tuesday.

Then there's still the rest of February and all of March to go.

...

Actually, as long as I don't have to drive in it, I like the snow. And this should hopefully give us a solid snowpack for the rest of the winter. The worst winters, IMNSHO, are the ones where we get heavy snow, then it mostly melts leaving brown and grey crap, then we get heavy snow, then it mostly melts, etc. etc. etc. Too many snow-to-bare-ground transitions per season get to me after a while.
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
Yep, the heavy snow is starting:

https://twitter.com/edschweppe/status/434032188330627072/photo/1

We're expecting a few hours of this, followed by a nice "wintry mix" of snow, sleet, freezing rain and sundry neither-sunny-nor-dry precipitation. Choir practice tonight has, unsurprisingly, been cancelled.

Stay warm and dry, folks!
edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
but a foot or more of snow, with potential bonus freezing rain. Definitely sucky weather, and stuff I'm glad I don't have to go out in.
Text of the current Winter Storm Warning )

This may make life ... interesting ... for those trying to get to Boskone from outside the area, especially since this storm has already screwed up air travel through the Deep South.

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