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Hey, let's have a blizzard for Boskone!

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:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
707 AM EST SAT FEB 14 2015

...WINTER STORM WILL BRING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS THIS WEEKEND AND HEAVY SNOW FARTHER INLAND...

MAZ006-007-014>016-019-142015-
/O.CON.KBOX.BZ.W.0002.150215T0000Z-150216T1200Z/
/O.CON.KBOX.WC.W.0002.150215T2100Z-150216T1300Z/
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAWRENCE...GLOUCESTER...CAMBRIDGE...
BOSTON...QUINCY...PLYMOUTH
707 AM EST SAT FEB 14 2015

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO
7 AM EST MONDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SUNDAY TO 8 AM
EST MONDAY...

* LOCATIONS...EAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS.

* HAZARD TYPES...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...INCLUDING HEAVY SNOW...
  POOR VISIBILITIES...AND STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS. DANGEROUSLY
  LOW WIND CHILL VALUES.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 14 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW ARRIVES THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUES INTO THIS
  EVENING. AFTER A BRIEF LULL LATE THIS EVENING...MORE SNOW
  ARRIVES LATE TONIGHT. THE WORST CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE
  LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AND POTENTIALLY
  LIFE THREATENING DUE TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND BITTERLY COLD
  WIND CHILLS. CONDITIONS WILL REMAIN DANGEROUS FOR TRAVEL WELL
  INTO SUNDAY DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...REDUCED
  VISIBILITY AND DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS. POWER OUTAGES CAN
  BE EXPECTED AT SOME LOCATIONS DUE TO VERY STRONG WINDS.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* WIND CHILL READINGS...AS LOW AS 28 BELOW.

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 AND DRIFTING SNOW. TRAVEL MUST BE COMPLETED BY LATE
SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY BECOME LOST OR
DISORIENTED. STAY INDOORS.

A WIND CHILL WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN THE WIND CHILL INDEX IS
LIKELY TO FALL TO -25 DEGREES OR COLDER FOR AT LEAST 3 HOURS. A
WIND CHILL INDEX BELOW -30 CAN BRING ABOUT FROSTBITE IN AS LITTLE
AS 10 MINUTES. OUTDOOR EXPOSURE SHOULD BE LIMITED. IF YOU ARE
HEADING OUTDOORS...DRESS IN LAYERS AND KEEP YOUR HANDS AND HEAD
COVERED TO PROTECT AGAINST FROSTBITE

&&

$$



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.

Originally posted at http://edschweppe.dreamwidth.org/185225.html - comment wherever you please.