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Subject: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: Johnny_D on 01/22/05 at 1:13 pm

Chucky, be safe there in the Worcester area (is that right?) with your wife-and-mom-to-be, this evening and tomorrow.

My wife Mary and I are pretty much all set here in Concord, Mass.  We did a major food-shopping trip last weekend, thank goodness.  Today we're going to run a few local errands before the blizzard hits.

For anybody who hasn't heard what Chucky and I are faced with today, tonight, and tomorrow, check this out:

http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/ma/winterstorm.html


WWUS41 KBOX 221657
WSWBOX

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1148 AM EST SAT JAN 22 2005

A DANGEROUS WINTER STORM WITH HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL AFFECT
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY. ANY TRAVEL IS STRONGLY
DISCOURAGED TONIGHT. IF YOU LEAVE THE SAFETY OF BEING
INDOORS TONIGHT...YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT RISK.

CTZ002>004-MAZ009-011-230100-
EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-
WINDHAM CT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BRISTOL...CHICOPEE...EAST HARTFORD...
HARTFORD...MANCHESTER...MANSFIELD...NEW BRITAIN...NEWINGTON...
PLAINFIELD...PUTNAM...SPRINGFIELD...VERNON...WEST HARTFORD...
WILLIMANTIC AND WINDSOR LOCKS
1148 AM EST SAT JAN 22 2005

...BLIZZARD WARNING EXTENDED FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 2 PM EST
SUNDAY...

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ACROSS NORTHERN CONNECTICUT AND HAMPDEN
COUNTY BETWEEN 1 AND 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON.  THE SNOWFALL WILL QUICKLY
BECOME HEAVY BY NIGHTFALL.

THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY
MORNING...WHEN SNOWFALL RATES OF 3 INCHES PER HOUR ARE LIKELY. ALONG
WITH THE HEAVY SNOW WILL BE STRONG NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS
FREQUENTLY GUSTING TO 35 MPH OR GREATER.  THIS WILL CAUSE AREAS OF
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...WITH NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT
TIMES...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. WIND CHILLS OF 10 TO
15 BELOW WILL ADD TO THE DANGER.

THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF TO SNOW SHOWERS DURING SUNDAY AFTERNOON...BUT
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL PERSIST THROUGHOUT THE DAY. TOTAL
ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE ON THE ORDER OF 20 TO 30 INCHES.

$$

MAZ002>004-008-010-026-NHZ011-012-015-230100-
CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
NORTHWEST MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...AMHERST...FITCHBURG...GREENFIELD...
JAFFREY...KEENE...LEOMINSTER...MANCHESTER...NASHUA AND NORTHAMPTON
1148 AM EST SAT JAN 22 2005

...HEAVY SNOW WARNING EXTENDED FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON EST
SUNDAY...

SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS SOUTHWEST NEW HAMPSHIRE AS WELL AS NORTHWEST
AND NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS BETWEEN 3 AND 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON.
THE SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT.

THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY
SUNDAY MORNING...WHEN THERE IS THE POTENTIAL OF SNOWFALL RATES FROM 2
TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR.  GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL ALSO
PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH POOR VISIBILITY. IN
ADDITION WIND CHILLS WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 15 AND 20 BELOW.

SNOW WILL TAPER OFF AROUND MIDDAY SUNDAY.  TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 10
TO 20 INCHES ARE EXPECTED...WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS ACROSS NORTH
CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND WIND WILL CAUSE
HIGHER DRIFTS. 

SNOW SHOWERS MAY LINGER THROUGH MUCH OF SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS THE
COASTAL STORM DEPARTS.

HEAVY SNOW WILL QUICKLY ACCUMULATE ON ROADWAYS AND SIGNIFICANTLY
HAMPER TRAVEL. SOME SECONDARY ROADS MAY BE UNTREATED. THOSE THAT HAVE
TO BE OUT ON THE ROADS WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW
PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME.

$$

MAZ005>007-012>024-RIZ001>008-230100-
BARNSTABLE MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA-
DUKES MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-
EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-NANTUCKET MA-NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-SUFFOLK MA-WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ATTLEBOROUGH...BARNSTABLE...BARRINGTON...
BEVERLY...BOSTON...BRISTOL...BROCKTON...BROOKLINE...CAMBRIDGE...
FALL RIVER...FALMOUTH...FRAMINGHAM...FRANKLIN...GLOUCESTER...
LAWRENCE...LOWELL...LYNN...MILFORD...NANTUCKET...NEW BEDFORD...
NEWBURYPORT...NEWPORT...NEWTON...NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH...PLYMOUTH...
PROVIDENCE...QUINCY...SOMERVILLE...SOUTH KINGSTOWN...TAUNTON...
VINEYARD HAVEN...WALTHAM...WARWICK...WEYMOUTH...
WOONSOCKET AND WORCESTER
1148 AM EST SAT JAN 22 2005

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6
PM EST SUNDAY...

SNOW WILL BEGIN ACROSS WESTERN RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHERN WORCESTER
COUNTY BETWEEN 2 AND 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON...AND WILL QUICKLY
OVERSPREAD THE REMAINDER OF RHODE ISLAND AND EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS BY
NIGHTFALL.

THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM WILL OCCUR TONIGHT AND MUCH OF SUNDAY
MORNING. SNOW WILL LIKELY FALL AT THE RATE OF 3 INCHES PER HOUR FOR
SEVERAL HOURS OVERNIGHT. STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO OVER
35 MPH FOR A TIME TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. ALONG THE COAST...WIND
GUSTS BETWEEN 60 AND 70 MPH ARE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY
MORNING. EVEN HURRICANE FORCE GUSTS TO 75 MPH ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE
OUTER CAPE AND NANTUCKET COAST DURING SUNDAY MORNING. GUSTS CLOSE TO
50 MPH ARE LIKELY OVER EXPOSED INTERIOR TERRAIN. 

THE STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE SEVERE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THE WINDS LIKELY WILL ALSO TRIGGER
SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES NEAR THE COAST...AND TO A LESSER EXTENT
INLAND. OVER CAPE COD...NANTUCKET AND MARTHAS VINEYARD...THE SNOW
WILL LIKELY BE OF A SOMEWHAT WETTER CONSISTENCY...AND THUS CREATE THE
RISK FOR EVEN MORE WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES.

IN ADDITION...THE COLD TEMPERATURES AND STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE WIND
CHILLS BETWEEN 10 AND 20 BELOW LATE TONIGHT. THIS WILL ADD TO THE
DANGER FOR ANY ONE WHO VENTURES OUTDOORS TONIGHT.

THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF TO SNOW SHOWERS BY LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR
EVENING. CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL PERSIST INTO
SUNDAY EVENING ACROSS EXPOSED AREAS.

TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE ON THE ORDER OF 20 TO 30 INCHES...WITH
AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 3 FEET POSSIBLE.  ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL
MAY CONTINUE ON THE CAPE AND ISLANDS INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.

$$

THOMPSON




Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: EthanM on 01/22/05 at 1:54 pm

It's snowy here in pennsylvania but probably not anywhere near that bad

Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: ChuckyG on 01/22/05 at 5:32 pm

yeah, I'm up here in Woostah... (Auburn actually, but close enough).  I went grocery shopping around noon time, and went to see my grandmother.  The store was busy, but not mobbed.  On the way back, a little snow started to fall, I stopped at the house to grab some aspirin, and by the time I got back to the car, it was coming fast and furious.

I hope we don't lose power, I haven't had the time to fix my generator yet, and no heat would be very uncomfortable very quickly in this weather.

Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: Johnny_D on 01/22/05 at 9:56 pm

Glad you got home OK, Chucky.  I spoke with my Ma and Dad earlier ... they live in NW Rhode Island (Smithfield), where they're expected to get 2 to 3 feet of the white stuff.  They said they've hired a snow-plow service for both this storm and for the rest of the season - thank goodness!

My wife and I just got back from "Full Gallop" at The Concord Players in downtown Concord.  The drive across town, about 2 miles, was a trip.  I shoveled the end of my driveway to minimize the inevitable berm that will be there in the morning ... since we live on a road that leads to Emerson Hospital, our street gets plowed early and often, which always leaves hefty berms across the ends of the driveways along our street.

Here's the update, folks ...

MAZ005>007-012>024-RIZ001>008-230627-
BARNSTABLE MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA-
DUKES MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-
EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-NANTUCKET MA-NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-SUFFOLK MA-WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ATTLEBOROUGH...BARNSTABLE...BARRINGTON...
BEVERLY...BOSTON...BRISTOL...BROCKTON...BROOKLINE...CAMBRIDGE...
FALL RIVER...FALMOUTH...FRAMINGHAM...FRANKLIN...GLOUCESTER...
LAWRENCE...LOWELL...LYNN...MILFORD...NANTUCKET...NEW BEDFORD...
NEWBURYPORT...NEWPORT...NEWTON...NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH...PLYMOUTH...
PROVIDENCE...QUINCY...SOMERVILLE...SOUTH KINGSTOWN...TAUNTON...
VINEYARD HAVEN...WALTHAM...WARWICK...WEYMOUTH...
WOONSOCKET AND WORCESTER
540 PM EST SAT JAN 22 2005

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST SUNDAY...

TWENTY TO 30 INCHES OF SNOW WILL ACCUMULATE IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS
INCLUDING THE CAPE AND ISLANDS AS WELL AS ALL OF RHODE ISLAND BY LATE
SUNDAY...MAKING IT HIGHLY PROBABLE THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE FIFTH
WORST SNOWSTORMS IN RECORDED HISTORY FOR BOSTON AND PROVIDENCE.

DRIFTS OF AT LEAST 6 FEET ARE EXPECTED IN PARTS OF EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND WITH WIND GUSTS AFTER MIDNIGHT ALONG
THE COAST REACHING 55 TO 65 MPH...EXCEPT POSSIBLY TO 75 MPH ON
NANTUCKET AND CAPE COD SUNDAY MORNING.

THE STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE SEVERE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THE WINDS LIKELY WILL ALSO TRIGGER
AT LEAST SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES NEAR THE COAST...AND TO A LESSER
EXTENT INLAND.

OVER CAPE COD...NANTUCKET AND MARTHAS VINEYARD...THE SNOW
WILL LIKELY BE OF A SOMEWHAT WETTER CONSISTENCY...AND THUS CREATE THE
RISK FOR WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES SUNDAY MORNING.

SNOW WILL TAPER TO SNOW SHOWERS LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING.
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL PERSIST INTO LATE SUNDAY
EVENING ACROSS EXPOSED AREAS.

AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 3 FEET POSSIBLE.  THE MOST VULNERABLE LOCATIONS
FOR 30 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW ARE ESSEX...PLYMOUTH...NORFOLK AND
BARNSTABLE COUNTIES IN MASSACHUSETTS AND PROVIDENCE COUNTY IN RHODE
ISLAND.

ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL MAY CONTINUE ON THE CAPE AND ISLANDS
INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.

ANY TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED UNTIL LATE SUNDAY OR SUNDAY NIGHT.
IF YOU LEAVE THE SAFETY OF BEING INDOORS YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT
RISK.


Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: 2nz on 01/22/05 at 10:00 pm

Take care driving JD and Chucky and everyone else. It's the same story here on Long Island. I just finished shovelling about 16 inches here in Smithtown and it's still coming. Earlier today was a good time to get something from blockbuster (No late fees, man. You get a week extension on 2 DAY RENTALS before they charge any more), but getting cozy with your existing library is also welcome on a snowed-in Sunday.

Stay strong everybody who has to work tomorrow. Our thoughts and possibly our tax dollars are with you.

Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: 2nz on 01/22/05 at 10:04 pm

One of the radio talk-hosts on 99.1 WPLR:
"I've been compared to a blizzard before."
caller- "Because you always deliver 8-10 inches?"
someone else in the office- "No, because he's very cold and he blows."

Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: Johnny_D on 01/23/05 at 10:26 am

Thanks, 2nz.  Stay safe there on Long Island.

Here's the latest update, folks ... it's a winter wonderland outside of my house this morning ... a DANGEROUS winter wonderland.

WWUS41 KBOX 231359
WSWBOX

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
846 AM EST SUN JAN 23 2005

.THE BLIZZARD OF 2005 IS NOW IN PROGRESS ACROSS PARTS OF COASTAL
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND...AS THOSE IN MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND
ENDURE A STORM COMPARABLE TO THE BLIZZARD OF 78.

THIS STORM IS NOW BLASTING EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...NORTHEAST
CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND IN ALL ITS FURY WITH WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...TEMPERATURES PLUMMETING INTO THE SINGLE NUMBERS AND
TEENS...NORTHEAST TO NORTH WINDS OF 50 TO 70 MPH CREATING DRIFTS TO
AT LEAST 6 FEET...IN EXPOSED AREAS.

TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED UNTIL SOMETIME LATE TODAY OR TOMORROW...TO
GIVE CREWS WHICH IN SOME CASES MAY HAVE STOPPED CLEARING ROADS FOR
SAFETY REASONS...AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLEAR ROADS LATER TODAY WHEN THE
STORM STARTS MOVING AWAY.

THE STORM AT 8 AM WAS STILL LOCATED ABOUT 50 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF
NANTUCKET AND WILL END UP DUMPING ABOUT 16 TO 24 INCHES OF SNOW IN
THE CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY...20 TO 30 INCHES FROM MANCHESTER AND
NASHUA NEW HAMPSHIRE THROUGH WORCESTER AND RHODE ISLAND.  THE JACKPOT
WILL BE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS WHERE 28 TO 38 INCH AMOUNTS WILL BE
COMMON.

NANTUCKET WILL END UP WITH LESS SNOW BECAUSE OF ITS WARMER CONDITIONS
AND CLOSER PROXIMITY TO THE STORM CENTER BUT BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL
ARRIVE THERE THIS MORNING.

THIS IS LIKELY TO BE A RECORD SETTING SNOWSTORM IN BOSTON WHEN
COMPARING AGAINST DATA...DATING BACK TO 1892.  FOR PROVIDENCE THIS
SHOULD BE A TOP 3 SNOW EVENT.  THE 7 AM REPORTS OF 17.8 INCHES AT
PROVIDENCES TF GREEN AIRPORT AND 19.8 INCHES AT BOSTONS LOGAN AIRPORT
MAKES THIS THE 6TH WORST SNOWSTORM IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND
INTERSTATE 95 HISTORY DATING BACK TO AT LEAST 1905...AND HEADING FOR
AT LEAST TOP 3 RANKING BY DAYS END.

BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR ALONG THE COAST AND
HIGH TERRAIN THIS MORNING AND THEN GRADUALLY RECEDE TO ONLY THE
IMMEDIATE COAST DURING THE AFTERNOON.

THIS IS A POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING SITUATION FOR THOSE WHO
VENTURE OUT DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM THIS MORNING. 

AGAIN...TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED UNTIL LATE TODAY.

IF YOU LEAVE THE SAFETY OF BEING INDOORS...YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR LIFE
AT RISK.


MAZ005>007-012>024-RIZ001>008-232138-
BARNSTABLE MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX COUNTY MA-
DUKES MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-
EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-NANTUCKET MA-NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-SUFFOLK MA-WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ATTLEBOROUGH...BARNSTABLE...BARRINGTON...
BEVERLY...BOSTON...BRISTOL...BROCKTON...BROOKLINE...CAMBRIDGE...
FALL RIVER...FALMOUTH...FRAMINGHAM...FRANKLIN...GLOUCESTER...
LAWRENCE...LOWELL...LYNN...MILFORD...NANTUCKET...NEW BEDFORD...
NEWBURYPORT...NEWPORT...NEWTON...NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH...PLYMOUTH...
PROVIDENCE...QUINCY...SOMERVILLE...SOUTH KINGSTOWN...TAUNTON...
VINEYARD HAVEN...WALTHAM...WARWICK...WEYMOUTH...
WOONSOCKET AND WORCESTER
846 AM EST SUN JAN 23 2005

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING...

AN EXTREME SITUATION IS OCCURRING IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS.  FOUR
INCHES OF SNOW WAS REPORTED IN 25 MINUTES AT CHELMSFORD
MASSACHUSETTS SHORTLY AFTER 7 AM AS THE LAST EXCESSIVE BAND OF
POWDERY SNOW SWINGS SOUTHEASTWARD.

THE NORTH SHORE IS BEING BLITZED BY SNOWFALL RATES OF ALMOST 4 INCHES
PER HOUR.  IT MAY LAST ONLY ANOTHER HOUR OR TWO BUT ITS A COMPLETE
SHORT TERM PARALYSER.

IT IS SPREADING EAST SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH INTO BOSTON NOW AND WILL
CONTINUE THERE THROUGH AT LEAST 11 AM. THIS BIG SNOW BAND WILL ARRIVE
ON THE SOUTH SHORE BETWEEN 10 AM AND 11 AM AND THEN CROSS THE UPPER
CAPE BETWEEN 11 AM AND 2 PM.  IT TENDS TO LAST ABOUT 2 HOURS.  THAT
MEANS 8 INCHES OF SNOW MAY FALL IN PORTIONS OF THE BOSTON AREA IN A 2
HOUR PERIOD DURING MID AND LATE MORNING.

FINAL BLIZZARD TOTALS FOR MOST OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS WILL RANGE
BETWEEN 28 AND 38 INCHES SETTING A NEW SINGLE STORM RECORD FOR
BOSTON...SURPASSING THE AMOUNT FROM THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 78 AND THE
PRESIDENTS DAY STORM OF 2003.

ISOLATED TOTALS OF 40 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.  VULNERABLE LOCATIONS FOR
NEARLY 40 INCH STORM TOTALS ARE ESSEX...MIDDLESEX...PLYMOUTH...
NORFOLK AND BARNSTABLE COUNTIES IN MASSACHUSETTS.

EVEN IF THIS STORM COMES UP SLIGHTLY SHORT OF RECORD...IT IS A
DANGEROUS STORM WITH THE WORST OCCURRING NOW INTO EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON AS WINDS STRENGTHEN AND TEMPERATURES FALL TO NEAR 10 ABOVE.

NANTUCKET MAY END UP WITH ONLY 12 TO 22 INCHES...BUT BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS WILL DESCEND ON THAT ISLAND LATER THIS MORNING OR THIS
AFTERNOON.

NORTHERLY WINDS WILL BE GUSTING AROUND 75 MPH ON BARNSTABLE AND
NANTUCKET COUNTIES.  THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS LIFE THREATENING
STORM BECAUSE OF SEVERE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THE NEWLY FALLEN SNOW
AND TUMBLING TEMPERATURES. 

SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES HAVE OCCURRED THIS MORNING AS WINDS ALL ALONG
THE COAST GUST BETWEEN 55 AND 65 MPH ON BOSTONS NORTH AND SOUTH
SHORES AND EVEN ON NARRAGANSETT BAY.  A 78 MPH WIND GUST WAS REPORTED
IN EAST FALMOUTH BY A SPOTTER.

THERE HAS BEEN ISOLATED DAMAGE REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE.

POWER OUTAGES MAY BECOME WIDESPREAD THIS AFTERNOON ON THE CAPE AND
NANTUCKET WHEN THE BRUNT OF WIND HITS THERE...BETWEEN 75 AND 80 MPH.

DRIFTS OF AT LEAST 6 FEET ARE OCCURRING.

OVER CAPE COD...NANTUCKET AND MARTHAS VINEYARD...THE SNOW HAS BEEN
OF A WETTER CONSISTENCY EARLY TODAY AND THERE HAS BEEN SOME RAIN ON
NANTUCKET. THIS RAISES THE ANTE FOR POWER OUTAGES IN EXTREME
SOUTHEAST NEW ENGLAND WITH THE SNOW CLINGING TO WIRES AND BRANCHES.

ALL THE HEAVY SNOW WILL TAPER TO SNOW SHOWERS LATER THIS AFTERNOON OR
EVENING...BUT CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING WILL PERSIST INTO
LATE THIS EVENING ACROSS EXPOSED AREAS.

THERE IS A CHANCE OF BLIZZARD CONDITIONS CONTINUING ON PARTS OF CAPE
COD INTO EARLY TONIGHT AS HEAVY SNOW SQUALLS POUND PARTS OF THE CAPE.

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OF OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OCCUR AT TIMES. THOSE
VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED...SO PERSONS IN THE
WARNING AREA ARE ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.

Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: Arwen on 01/25/05 at 4:16 pm

Six to nine inches?  We get that and school doesn't even get cancelled...babies!  ;)

Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: jreuben on 01/27/05 at 1:38 pm


Six to nine inches?  We get that and school doesn't even get cancelled...babies!  ;)


We only had 4 inches down here (on Saturday) and school was closed till Wednesday.  You might say that's pathetic, but if you've ever seen us try to drive in the snow around here, you'd understand how good a decision that was  :)

Subject: Re: Hunkering down for the GREAT BLIZZARD!

Written By: ChuckyG on 01/27/05 at 2:06 pm


Six to nine inches?  We get that and school doesn't even get cancelled...babies!  ;)


when I was a kid, it was the same. I went to school when there was a foot of snowfall.  Parents these days are so over-protective they scream bloody hell about school not getting cancelled. 

the big storm this weekend left about 18 inches at my house.  Yesterday's was another six inches I think.  For some reason all the storms have been hitting the eastern part of the state far harder the western portions.  About time the tables were turned I say. 

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