a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks
reedrover

Continuing the Snopocalypse of 2009-2010, we have a warning for Friday

The 2 PM publication of a Winter Storm Watch for Friday came out. I’m especially charmed by the last sentence. "This storm has the potential to be similar to the December 19th storm. Plan for substantial disruptions to travel Friday afternoon through the weekend." (For the non-local people, that ended up being about 17 inches of snow at my house, and ranged from 15 to 24 inches locally.)

If I haven't mentioned it enough already, I really really REALLY appreciate CK's purchase of a snowblower last month right before that snowstorm. His timing was marvelous!

And yes, you northerners who are used to this kind of weather might laugh. But poor little ol' Northern Virginia is assuredly not used to this much snow. We get about one solid snowstorm every two years, along with a few random dustings and some ice once in a while. And by "solid" I mean 2-4 inches of snow, not 17. Before this most recent snowstorm (5 inches yesterday), we had already beaten out the rolling total of the past three years of accumulation.

from www.weather.gov
National Weather Service
Winter Storm Watch
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
245 PM EST WED FEB 3 2010

DCZ001-MDZ003>007-009>011-013-014-501-502-VAZ028-030-031-040-042-
050>054-501-502-WVZ050>053-503-504-040345-
/O.NEW.KLWX.WS.A.0004.100205T1500Z-100207T0300Z/
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-
NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-
PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-
CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-FREDERICK VA-WARREN-CLARKE-
RAPPAHANNOCK-LOUDOUN-ORANGE-CULPEPER-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-
SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-
WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...HAGERSTOWN...FREDERICK...
WESTMINSTER...GAITHERSBURG...COLUMBIA...BALTIMORE...ANNAPOLIS...
FROSTBURG...CUMBERLAND...WINCHESTER...FRONT ROYAL...LEESBURG...
CULPEPER...MANASSAS...MANASSAS PARK...FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...
FALLS CHURCH...WARRENTON...MARTINSBURG...CHARLES TOWN...
EMORYVILLE...HARTMANSVILLE...KEYSER...FORT ASHBY
245 PM EST WED FEB 3 2010

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...THIS STORM IS LIKELY TO PRODUCE 12 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH AREA...WITH A GOOD CHANCE FOR LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OVER 20 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE MORNING FRIDAY...CONTINUING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S FRIDAY. FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...TEMPERATURES WILL BE 25 TO 30 DEGREES.

* WINDS...EAST 5 TO 10 MPH FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT...BECOMING NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH SATURDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE SIMILAR TO THE DECEMBER 19TH STORM.
PLAN FOR SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTIONS TO TRAVEL FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THE
WEEKEND.
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