A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. -- Susan Orlean

Monday, February 3, 2014

Storm Charley Looms

Here's the only new information we have to report:

*Precipitation expectations have risen. We may see closer to an inch of liquid, rather than the half inch forecasters were leaning toward.

*Snow will kick in around 1:30 AM tomorrow night.

*Sleet is back in the discussion toward the end of the storm, especially for South County.

*Temps will be in the low 20s, ensuring an all snow event through midday.

So, given all the good news, we will see widespread snow days for the Northeast on Wednesday.

The only thing holding us back from a 100% Confidence Meter rating is the attitude of some of the old guard in the GSD Office. They've been reminding the young analysts (with all their "bells and whistles and newfangled computer programs") that the storm hasn't even really formed yet, and the low--now over New Mexico--has a really long way to go until it will reform and impact our area. It's easy to pooh-pooh their Yankee "we'll believe it when we see it" skepticism with all the great forecasting model agreement, but we should at least begrudgingly respect their veteran, conservative opinions.

We quote the GSD Old Guard: "See the green and blue in the lower left corner? That's our big storm. Not very impressive, is it?"
But don't let those old guys get you too worried. Most of the GSD Office thinks Charley is shaping up to be a slam dunk no-brainer.

There are two questions out there we can't wait to be answered: 1) When will NOAA upgrade our Watch to a Warning? 2) Which will be the first superintendent to call the snow day in the night before?

Check in tomorrow with more maps, more predictions, and more updates.

We quote the GSD Young Analysts: "Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Old Guys!"



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