TUESDAY, 6 p.m. Harv saying a coating to an inch in "Boston," by which he basically means east of Washington Street, and 1-3 inches west of that (hellooo, Roslindale). The major snow is west of 495, in between is a mess.
TUESDAY, 7:25 a.m. The National Weather Service has issued a winter-storm watch for the Boston area because of the potential of 3-6 inches. Over at WBZ, Danielle Niles is calling for 1-3 inches on "the immediate coast" but possibly 3-6 right away from there. And that's plowable here in the hinterlands of Roslindale and Hyde Park. And add in the mess on the roads (last night, Harvey Leonard kept giving a very specific forecast for the Turnpike/I-84 interchange). So we've gone to Yellow.
MONDAY, 5:50 p.m. Harv just said that while it's impossible to say just how much snow we'll get, he's leaning towards maybe 1-3 inches in the Boston area after rain. Sounds manageable and he didn't seem too excited, so we're staying at Blue for now.
MONDAY, 8:30 a.m.: Oh, noes: Channel 4 is warning us of a "potential plowable snow event," which sounds infinitely worse than just "snow." The NWS reports:
Significant winter storm likely to impact travel on Wednesday. Here is our latest thinking. pic.twitter.com/W9Dx9I9EFX
â€” NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) November 24, 2014
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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