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.
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