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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:08 AM

New England braces for major snow storm

Source: AP-Excite

By DENISE LAVOIE and HOLLY RAMER

BOSTON (AP) - A major winter storm heading toward New England may not be one for the record books, but even some of the nation's snow-hardiest people should proceed with caution, according to at least one expert.

As much as 2 feet of snow could fall on a region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter, the National Weather Service said. That's exciting for resort operators who haven't had much snow this year.

The storm would hit just after the 35th anniversary of the historic blizzard of 1978, which paralyzed the region with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane force winds from Feb. 5-7.

"This has the potential for being a dangerous storm, especially for Massachusetts into northeast Connecticut and up into Maine," said Louis Uccellini, director of the weather agency's National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20130207/DA49OFM01.html





With the museum grounds covered with leaves and bare of snow, J Lajik shovels the snow-covered walkway outside the National Center of Afro-American Artists after overnight flurries in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. A midwinter storm headed to the Northeast on Friday could drop more than a foot of snow. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Reply New England braces for major snow storm (Original post)
Omaha Steve Feb 2013 OP
Atman Feb 2013 #1
Lochloosa Feb 2013 #4
Atman Feb 2013 #5
Lochloosa Feb 2013 #6
Atman Feb 2013 #7
Purrfessor Feb 2013 #27
bunnies Feb 2013 #43
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #2
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #10
Atman Feb 2013 #46
Earth_First Feb 2013 #3
Atman Feb 2013 #8
Earth_First Feb 2013 #11
Atman Feb 2013 #13
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #23
magical thyme Feb 2013 #29
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #35
Dash87 Feb 2013 #26
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #20
bunnies Feb 2013 #44
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #45
bunnies Feb 2013 #48
Cal Carpenter Feb 2013 #14
KaryninMiami Feb 2013 #9
Atman Feb 2013 #15
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #19
sarge43 Feb 2013 #24
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #12
Sunlei Feb 2013 #16
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 #17
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #18
BadgerKid Feb 2013 #21
oberliner Feb 2013 #25
BadgerKid Feb 2013 #28
oberliner Feb 2013 #32
NutmegYankee Feb 2013 #38
oberliner Feb 2013 #41
elleng Feb 2013 #30
NutmegYankee Feb 2013 #37
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #22
pansypoo53219 Feb 2013 #31
jpak Feb 2013 #33
pitbullgirl1965 Feb 2013 #34
smirkymonkey Feb 2013 #36
Gentle-man Feb 2013 #39
Mz Pip Feb 2013 #40
CTyankee Feb 2013 #50
Rhiannon12866 Feb 2013 #42
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #47
smirkymonkey Feb 2013 #49

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:30 AM

1. I'm in the purple zone...at least 2' of snow.

The severe weather alert is calling for 2-3" of snow per hour, with 50mph winds. Travel will be "impossible." This will be interesting...I guess I'll be bringing in firewood and stocking up on groceries today.

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Response to Atman (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:12 AM

4. Mid 70's here in Florida...come on down

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:17 AM

5. I'm from Cocoa Beach.

Someone tell me why I moved to Connecticut?!

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Response to Atman (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:18 AM

6. Man...all that great fishing and surfing. I would never survive in Connecticut.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:31 AM

7. Well, I live on a lake, and I snowboard.

I've never surfed up here, it's too cold. But Rhode Island has pretty good waves. I just hate wearing a wetsuit, although I have no problem wearing 10 layers of clothes to slide down a mountain in 5 degree weather. Go figure.

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Response to Atman (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:26 PM

27. I spent many weekends back in the 60s and 70s surfing Cocoa Beach

and Sebastian Inlet. I actually once traveled from Tampa to Cocoa Beach on a Greyhound bus with my board stored next to me in the aisle. Another time my friend and I caught a ride there. We met two girls on the beach who kept us distracted (they encouraged us to swim with them) while their boyfriends dug our wallets up, leaving us without any money. And our ride back was not due to pick us up for three days.

Another time during Spring Break, we were sleeping on the beach with our boards. About 2AM a couple guys woke us up and said they were leaving early and we could have their room. We left our boards outside the door. When we finally got up the boards had been stolen. They were lousy boards so it wasn't a big loss. When we tried to find out who had been staying in the room where we slept, the manager said that room had not been rented. Apparently the culprits broke in, offered us the room, then made off with our boards.


Our favorite binge place to eat was at the old Howard Johnson's on the beach. On Friday nights they had all-you-can-eat fried clam night. We never failed to get at least twice our monies worth?

Ah, the old days. I later lived in Northern California for 25 years and never surfed because of the cold water. I'm now landlocked in Ohio.

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Response to Atman (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:42 AM

43. Me too.

Stay safe neighbor.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:32 AM

2. BRING THE PAIN

^^^ My friend James' response to every report of a snowstorm. He's a snowboarder. I'm not.

This looks to be a big one indeed.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:10 AM

10. I'd like some of that pain too.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:48 AM

46. We were originally heading to VT today

Ironically, we had to cancel a snowboarding trip because of snow. Hopefully we'll make it up Sunday.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:08 AM

3. Wait! Not affectionate moniker or hyperbolic predictions of end times?

The weather authorities are failing meteorology 101 here...

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:51 AM

8. Actually, they're already calling it "historic."

Of course, the history hasn't even happened yet. But in our area (Eastern CT) they're even saying thunder and lightning and now up to 70 mph winds. This could be "epic."

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Response to Atman (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:12 AM

11. "historic" "epic" ...these are just words

I was hoping for Killstorm Category IV or Shovel-Palooza...

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:13 AM

13. White Death From Above!

Last edited Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:40 AM - Edit history (1)

Flakes Of Hell.

You're All Gonna DIE!

It's getting to that point. I have to make the dreaded trip to the grocery story to buy three weeks worth of milk and eggs for some reason. That's what we're conditioned to do.

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Response to Atman (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:00 PM

23. Ahem- That's milk and BREAD!

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:06 PM

29. actually you need all 3, along with maple syrup

for the french toast binge.

That's why I figure everyone stocks up on milk, bread and eggs for storms

Anywho, I already stocked up on my critical storm necessities: chocolate (actually baker's cocoa so I can make fudgey chocolate) and grape juice to go with the medicinal vodka

Although, according to Lance at my post office, all you really need are the "3 Bs"...bacon, beer and bread

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:42 PM

35. LOL, there is a story behind the milk and bread:

Back in the Blizzard of 78 when the supermarkets finally reopened they quickly ran out of bread and milk here in MA. There were fist fights over loaves of wonder bread! Since then, everytime there is a storm predicted..... people freak out and make sure they get bread and milk. People who can't remember the storm, remember that mom and dad always bought bread and milk before a storm. Therefore they do too.

Personally, since I have a gas stove, I stocked up on canned soup, instant oatmeal, cocoa, tea, etc.

Oh yes.... and have a freezer full of vodka complements of my son

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Response to Atman (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:25 PM

26. This isn't just any kind of snow.

This snow will cause zombies to raise from the ground and destroy us all. Weather channel report on this at 2pm.

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Response to Atman (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:55 AM

20. I'm up in Salem now

We may looking at higher numbers then 78.

Last night I saw 3 feet predictions for the north shore.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:45 AM

44. Im about an hour north of you.

Snowing here already. I think this is really gonna suck. Stay safe.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #44)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:46 AM

45. I'm heading to stay with friends

They have fireplaces and a wood burning stove.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #45)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:52 AM

48. Smart move.

We have gas heat so at least we'll have that if the power goes out. Not much else though. I just keep thinking about the storm a few years ago when we were without power for over a week. And that wasnt even nearly as big a storm. I'll be shocked if any of us are on here this time tomorrow. What are we gonna do with ourselves?!

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:14 AM

14. Nemo.

Apparently that's what the weather channel is calling it, according to Dr. Jeff Master's wunderblog.

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2344

This does look like it may be pretty crazy though.

eta: link

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:04 AM

9. 35 years since the Blizzard of 78-- I feel VERY old

I was in college that year at Emerson, living in Brookline. Everything shut down- subways, streetcars, etc. People in a panic lined up outside the supermarkets waiting for them to open up and when they did- there were fights over loves of Wonder Bread and over cartons of milk. It was quite the spectacle. Mike Dukakis came on the tv wearing big sweaters telling everyone to stay calm. Cannot believe it was 35 years ago. Wow.

Anyway, happy to have escaped those Boston winters in 1990 when I moved to Florida. Finally got tired of shoveling out my car, walking and driving on "black ice" where you never know if you will fall and break something or drive into an oil covered patch of ice. I miss living there for many reasons but weather-wise, only in the fall.

For those of you up there- be sure you have plenty of supplies (as we do when it's hurricane season)- most especially wine and vodka of course, and comfort foods. Think about making a nice pot of soup or stew and bunker down. Sounds like a whopper of a storm is heading your way!

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Response to KaryninMiami (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:18 AM

15. Remember how peaceful it was? And how clear the air was?

I lived in Norwood at the time, worked at the Dedham Inn on 128. None of the management made it in, just us grunts (I was 18). All the people from the stuck cars on the highway came in looking for a place to stay, but there was no senior staff...it was awesome! Total chaos. We found the keys to the lounge and made ourselves cocktails and cooked food for everyone, all on the house (the manager called in and said to keep everyone happy). We were stuck there for two days. I literally could not find my car when it was all over, the snow was so deep. It was an amazing experience.

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Response to Atman (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:54 AM

19. Atman I grew up in Walpole!!!!!!!!!!

Hi there Neighbor!

I have fond memories of the Blizzard of 78... of course I was 7 so for me it was fun fun fun.

I remember my mom and the other ladies in the neighborhood cross country skiing towing sleds to the supermarket. The houses with gas stoves took in the houses without. We had a wood stove.

The snow went up to the roof in places and we spend a week sledding and tobogganing down the middle of the road before they got to plowing us out, with thermoses of cocoa and pretty sure the adults has their own special beverages

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Response to Atman (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:03 PM

24. Super storm of March 1993




Christiansburg VA

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:43 AM

12. I wouldn't mind so much...

except I will have to shovel it. Unless they cancel work ( which I doubt) I will be getting home at 9:30pm friday. My driveway gets plowed, however I have to do my walkway and outside stairs ( second floor). That's a lot of shoveling! Saturday I have to work at 11am. I am getting to old for this kind of backbreaking labor.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:19 AM

16. get a lot of wood for the fireplace next to the door, and food. count on no power.

It's hot dogs roasted on the fireplace and hot cocoa made with melted snow time

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:30 AM

17. I'm in New Orleans, just moved here, to get away from the cold. It's great, however we tend

to have small things like...hurricanes...
It's in the 70's today...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:44 AM

18. Prediction numbers were rising last night

I'm in the 2-3 foot prediction range.

Fun, fun, fun!

I'll be sure to post pictures.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:58 AM

21. Forecasted snow totals (NE coast)

Wow!



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Response to BadgerKid (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:03 PM

25. NY/CT in the clear?

That's good at least.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:39 PM

28. One model predicts major snow still:



Source disclaimer: "This is a plot of total snowfall over the 48 hour forecast. The estimates tend to be high for any snowfall over 2-3 inches since this doesn't take into account compaction and melting."

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Response to BadgerKid (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:24 PM

32. Lot of unknowns still

Here's hoping for nothing too terrible.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #32)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:14 PM

38. Each National weather service office does a map of their region of responsibility.

The missing CT/NY zones are shown in my post just a little lower.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #38)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:34 PM

41. Great - thanks

Appreciate the info.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:12 PM

30. I don't think so.

Northeast Braces for a Major Snowstorm.

The dusting will most likely be the first taste of what could be a major storm, forecasters said on Thursday, and local authorites from New York City to Maine were already bracing for what could be the largest winter storm in recent years.

At some point Friday night, the arctic jet stream will drop down from Canada and intersect with the polar jet stream, which usually travels through the lower 48 states.

“They will cross somewhere between New Jersey and Nantucket,” said Tim Morrin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “That is where the center of the storm will deepen and explosively develop.”

While the forecast is still subject to change, the current indication is that while New England will bear the brunt of the storm’s severity — with more than two feet of snow and blizzardlike conditions currently forecast in the Boston area – New York City and the surrounding area are also in for a significant hit.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/nyregion/northeast-could-be-hit-with-major-snowstorm.html?hp&_r=0

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Response to BadgerKid (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:13 PM

37. NY/CT Totals

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:59 AM

22. This is going to be a big one.

I'm only a little nervous for my son. He has to go from the Navy base in Newport, RI to the AF base on Cape Cod during the height of the storm. He is a civilian contractor and an AF Nat guardsman. I'm trying to to worry to much. This sort of storm is what he trains for.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:39 PM

31. the snow has been falling in milwaukee, but not very windy. illimois has most of it.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:48 PM

33. We need one of these a week for the rest of ski season

Bring it!

yup

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:28 PM

34. I just left the Cape on Tuesday.

to come back home to Northern New York. Talk about good luck! The weather was perfect for driving.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:01 PM

36. In Boston, the MBTA is closing at 3:30pm tomorrow.

Schools are already closed and our manager told us to work from home tomorrow - although my boss told me to take it easy and relax. She's on vacation tomorrow anyway. I will probably work at least a half day. It depends upon whether we lose power or not. I may have to go back out and get some more supplies before it gets too bad and everything shuts down tomorrow. I don't have a car and could only carry so much on my way home from work tonight.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:21 PM

39. New York will get a lot of snow

 

But it appears that Boston and NH will be in a bit more trouble. I hope nobody gets hurt.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:25 PM

40. I'm flying into JFK Sat night

Having been waiting for months for this trip. Maybe JFK will be shoveled out by then.

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Response to Mz Pip (Reply #40)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:33 AM

50. This is why I avoid air travel in Jan, Feb, March.

I've had really nasty snow storms in late March. They're over and melt quickly but flights still get cancelled.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:12 AM

42. I'm in NY and we're expecting 8-14", worse to the southwest

When I watched the local news/weather this morning, they were already running all the closings at the bottom of the screen. Nothing yet when I took my dog out a minute ago, but it's supposed to be the worst from Friday night into Saturday and that would be over his head!




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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:50 AM

47. Snowing here in northeastern MA now

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:57 AM

49. Flurries are starting but nothing too bad yet.

It is supposed to really get going at about noon. I have Season 3 of Downton Abbey on DVD so I am quite happy as long as the power does not go out. If it does, I have plenty of good books to read by candlelight. BTW, I am in Boston.

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