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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Advisories and Warnings

You may be on vacation but the GSD Staff is not. We have two developments to contend with that will impact your activities over the next few days.

Before we start, here are some fun weather facts. If Boston gets one inch of snow today, it will be the snowiest month ever since they started recording snow fall data. (They're supposed to get 10-14" tonight.) As for Albany, it is experiencing the 3rd coldest February on record, with brutal cold expected for the next week.

As for snow...

We have a Winter Weather Advisory for the Berkshires that begins at 10 AM. Snow will overspread our area from an Alberta Clipper starting between noon and 1 PM. Snow will be light at first, but it could get to moderate levels later in the day. One meteorologist in Albany dropped the phrase "explosive cyclogenesis" on us. For snow lovers that's a great expression, but that cyclogenesis--when a storm really starts to expand its precipitation and strengthen--will mostly happen in the east, which is why blizzard warnings are now in effect for most of the Massachusetts coast.

Even though we won't get much snow--3 inches is about right--we could see blizzard conditions for stretches tonight because of the blowing snow. White out conditions are likely tonight. The bad stretches on route 7 will be particularly bad tonight.

Thanks, Accuweather.
As the snow moves out by daybreak on Sunday, the coldest air of the season moves in along with strong winds. A Wind Chill Warning has been issued for the Berkshires that starts at 10 AM Sunday and ends at noon on Monday. The worst of it will be Sunday afternoon and evening when temps are in the single digits and the winds are howling away with gusts up to 35 mph. As we've been saying all week, find something to do indoors. But when you have to take Fluffy or Fido out for their morning business on Monday, make it snappy and make sure no skin is exposed.

As for the Tuesday/Wednesday storm, some of the models are pushing it out to sea to our south. A few are still holding on and giving us a moderate snow storm. It seems to be behaving like Thursday's storm, which ultimately really wasn't a storm. We'll let you know more tomorrow.

Enjoy today's snow, and for those who celebrate it, Happy Valentine's Day.

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