Update, 5:30 p.m., 10/30: Still some winds, but nothing to get the indoor cats all riled up about, so we've gone back down to green.
Update, 7:15 a.m., 10/30: The worst of it is over, but we can still expect high winds today.
Update, 12:15 p.m., 10/29: Are your hatches well battened down? The National Weather Service is warning: "Potential for hurricane-force wind gusts" as cold air from the northwest dukes it out with warm air from the south with moisture levels that are "completely abnormal for late October" - right over our heads, leading to "rapid cyclogenesis" and possibly even outright bombogenesis (when the air pressure drops rapidly, as happened with the first of the 2015 blizzards).
Bombogenesis is usually accompanied by really high winds, and the NWS takes that into account in its latest discussion, which predicts the fun starts late at night and continues into early Monday:
Advertising 40-50 mph SE gusts across the interior, higher more so over the high terrain, 50-60 mph for the coastal plain, and along the coast, 60-70 mph.
The forecasters add:
Anticipating widespread tree damage lending to scattered to widespread power outages, likely some structural damage occurring. Keeping in mind fully leafed trees.
Oh, and did we mention the potential for flash floods and maybe even "strong to potentially severe thunderstorms?"
Update, 7:05 p.m., 10/28: Channel 5's Mike Wankum says the coast could see sustained winds of 50 to 60 m.p.h. The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning that goes into effect at 6 p.m. on Sunday:
Impacts...Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with winds of this magnitude, especially that trees remain fully leaved. Power outages are likely. Take action to secure loose outdoor objects.
Update, 9:30 p.m., 10/27: Add wallop to the list of verb the storm could throw at us.
Update, 12:55 p.m., 10/27: The National Weather Service is looking at the potential for "deep moisture" Sunday night, along with possible surface winds of between 45 and 55 m.p.h. "This will need to be monitored for Sunday night," the NWS says.
Weather Underground pulls no punches: Fast-Hitting Storm to Pummel Northeast with Torrential Rains, High Winds.
Could it be bombogenesis, baby? Possibly, yes, Sunday into Monday, but while we won't see snow, we could see tons of rain, lots of wind and, naturally, a whole lot of flooding. On the plus side, it could wipe out much of the drought most of Massachusetts once again finds itself in.
Obviously, we'll be keeping a close eagle eye on the forecasts to help you decide whether to run out to the car and race to the supermarket for fixins.
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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