Oh gosh, I wish I had better news but according to the National Service, Winter Storm Grayson is expected to now pile drive us with a solid 14 inches. This explosive development is what meteorologists call bombogenesis, defined by a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of 24 millibars or more in a period of 24 hours. This means in addition to heavy snow, damaging winds, battering waves, and coastal flooding are also serious concerns, particularly in coastal New England and there’s no way around it, this is just going to be a wet sticky mess!
And if that’s not enough, the National Weather Service is predicting a “heavy freezing spray” likely on Friday when Grayson pulls out and takes aim at our neighbors to the north.
And this from the National Weather Service.
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM THURSDAY TO 1 AM EST
* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches, with localized amounts up to 14 inches, are expected.
* WHERE…Portions of eastern Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island except Block Island.
* WHEN…From 1 AM Thursday to 1 AM EST Friday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Near blizzard conditions are likely in this region. Significant reductions in visibility are possible with near white-out conditions for a time Thursday.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
Anyway, we should all be prepared because after a pounding like this, forget about driving, it’s even going to be difficult to walk for the next few days.
PS – It’s important to latch all screen doors lest they get banged like they always do during a hurricane.