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

Monday, February 9, 2015

Storm Ringo Winds Down; Bitter Cold's Around the Corner

Storm Ringo more or less got the job done, and it's now in the wind-down stage. We've seen reports of 7" in Pittsfield, 13" in Dalton, and 10" in Hancock. At GSD Headquarters, we measured 8.1" of granular snow.

We've got our eye on another clipper/coastal low for Thursday. It looks like it will start in the overnight hours Wednesday and continue throughout the day on Thursday. We'll probably see 3" or so, but some forecasters are already projecting 3-6 inches. We could see a Winter Weather Advisory on Thursday from this latest storm. As for school, we'll likely see full days.

It turns out it will be very cold on Friday morning, with lows in the negative single digits. Highs on Friday will be in the positive single digits only for negative double digits to make their appearance Saturday morning. That's a lot of cold digits.

Here's an attention-getting quotation from NWS Albany:

THE MAIN CONCERN DURING THE LONG TERM PERIOD IS AGAIN WITH THE
BITTERLY COLD ARCTIC AIRMASS THAT WILL BE IN PLACE ACROSS THE
REGION...ESPECIALLY THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND. A FAIRLY STRONG PRESSURE
GRADIENT ACROSS THE REGION WILL NOT HELP THE COLD SITUATION
EITHER...AS DANGEROUSLY LOW AND LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILLS LOOK TO
BE IN PLACE ACROSS THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA THURSDAY INTO EARLY NEXT
WEEK.

We don't know about you, but we at GSD are not big fans of the words "life threatening" when they're attached to cold temperatures. It might be good to plan a lot of indoor activities from Friday through Monday.

More on Thursday's snow event as we get closer to it.



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