UPDATE, 3/21, 10 p.m. The National Weather Service now says we might get 1-4 inches, and more likely closer to just 1 here inside 128, and that it should start after midnight.
UPDATE, 3/20, 4:25 p.m. Goodish news, everybody! Looks like (for now) the storm is once again being forecast to begin veering away from us to our south, so Jeremy Reiner says it's no longer soul crushing for those of us in the Greater French Toast Region - like 3-6 inches.
UPDATE, 3/20, 9:30 a.m. The National Weather Service has upped its watch to a winter-storm warning that goes into effect 8 a.m. on Wednesday:
Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches are expected.
UPDATE, 3/19, 5 p.m. Bri Eggers warns we could get 6-10 inches; pleads with you not to blame the messenger. Oh, and, of course, heavy winds, because, hey, nor'easter - or should we say, four'easter? And the snow will be wet 'n' heavy, so, hey, power outages. And, we've got an official winter-storm watch starting Wednesday morning.
UPDATE, 3/18, 4:30 p.m. Well, gang, looks like we're back to possible snow this weekend, or as NBC Boston puts it: Accumulating Snow Looking More Likely With Fourth Nor'easter - but it's now looking like it'll get here Wednesday into Thursday.
UPDATE, 3/16, 9:30 a.m. Good news, everybody! Well, better news, at any rate: The latest NWS forecasts show the nor'easter next week could stay much further to our south than once thought, which means we might get some rain/snow Tuesday into Wednesday, but likely nowhere near what we just got this week. Of course, keep in mind the caveat that March nor'easters are hard to predict ...
UPDATE, 3/15, 12 p.m. Buckle up: Confidence is building that we'll be getting another storm Tuesdayish, but exact details are impossible to suss out this early. As the National Weather Service says, if conditions involving two storm systems expected to arrive out of Alaska are just right, and it's looking like they will be, we'll get a system that:
will move up the coast and bring us -gulp- another coastal storm. If the timing is off, then we will see the southern system scamper out into the Atlantic.
The forecaster on duty then adds:
Operational models favor the stormier scenario. Temperature profiles favor snow inland and a rain/snow mix in the coastal plain, with potential for several inches inland should all of this develop. The model differences, run-to-run changes, and the uncertainty inherent in a Day 6 forecast continue to suggest caution in being too detailed in this part of the forecast just yet.
The French Toast Alert System has been developed in consultation with local and federal emergency officials to help you determine when to panic and rush to the store to buy milk, eggs and bread.
Low: No storm predicted. Harvey Leonard sighs and looks dour on the evening news. Go about your daily business but consider buying second refrigerator for basement, diesel generator. Good time to replenish stocks of maple syrup, cinnamon.
Guarded: Light snow predicted. Subtle grin appears on Harvey Leonard's face. Check car fuel gauge, memorize quickest route to emergency supermarket should conditions change.
Elevated: Moderate, plowable snow predicted. Harvey Leonard openly smiles during report. Empty your trunk to make room for milk, eggs and bread. Clear space in refrigerator and head to store for an extra gallon of milk, a spare dozen eggs and a new loaf of bread.
High: Heavy snow predicted. Harvey Leonard breaks into huge grin, can't keep his hands off the weather map. Proceed at speed limit before snow starts to nearest supermarket to pick up two gallons of milk, a couple dozen eggs and two loaves of bread - per person in household.
Severe: Nor'easter predicted. This is it, people, THE BIG ONE. Harvey Leonard makes repeated references to the Blizzard of '78. RUSH to emergency supermarket NOW for multiple gallons of milk, cartons of eggs and loaves of bread. IGNORE cries of little old lady you've just trampled in mad rush to get last gallon of milk. Place pets in basement for use as emergency food supply if needed.
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