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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Snow Is In The Forecast

A fun game we play around the ol' GSD office with fall rain storms--especially ones that are called nor'easters--is to imagine how much snow we would have gotten had the rain storm been a snow storm. (It's not so much a game as it is an exercise of wishful thinking.)

The latest NWS data reports tell us that over 2 inches of rain fell in Pittsfield, starting last Tuesday and ending on Friday. If we plug in a modest 8:1 ratio (snow to liquid; most storms are in the 10 or 12:1 range), we would have seen close to 12" of snow on Thursday, the wettest day of the four days of the past weather event.

Had the temperature been below freezing, we would have had our first snow day of the season on Thursday, though it's likely a few school districts might have prematurely cancelled school on Wednesday because the of the gloom and doom forecast. Now that's fun to think about!

As for non-theoretical snow...it's time to get out the galoshes because the words "mixed precipitation" and "snow" are in the forecast for the coming weekend. Hoo-ha! While we don't love the timing of these forecasted flakes, we love the fact that it will be cold enough for snow.

Friday night (not to worry--well after the tricking and the treating) appears to be the window for snow with this very minor weather event. If it snows at all, it will be a heavy, wet snow and will not accumulate more than an inch or two. Higher elevation folk will have a better chance of snow than valley denizens.

We'll chime in later in the week should meteorological developments warrant it. Have a great week!

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