NWS has issued a hazardous-weather outlook:
A SIGNIFICANT STORM MAY IMPACT THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY WITH HEAVY PRECIPITATION. THE BIGGEST UNCERTAINTY REMAINS PRECIPITATION TYPES. THE HIGHEST RISK FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW AND/OR ICE WILL BE NORTH OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE AND INLAND FROM THE COAST. FURTHER SOUTHEAST ALONG THE BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR...RAIN LIKELY DOMINATES BUT A PERIOD OF SLEET AND PERHAPS SNOW IS POSSIBLE AT THE ONSET.
IN ADDITION...A PERIOD OF STRONG TO PERHAPS DAMAGING WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR POINTS SOUTH AND EAST SOMETIME MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY NIGHT. EASTERLY WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH ARE LIKELY WITH EVEN A LOW RISK FOR A FEW GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.
On the 11 o'clock news, Harv says it'll be "a very significant storm," but sounding mostly like rain with some sleet - and wind - on Monday into Tuesday. So sticking with Low for now.
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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