Archive for February, 2015

Except for the initial early November snow storm, this winter has proven fairly mild and quiet until the past two weeks. Two major snowstorms in a row mostly spared us the large amounts of snow that got dumped just north of us in New England. We got a few inches of snow that was quickly cleaned up by local road crews without too many traffic accidents. We did experience flash freezing yesterday, accompanied by some significant winds, but all in all, we’ve been pretty lucky this year.

Still, this is no time to let our guard down. If we’ve learned nothing else, we’ve come to understand the changeability of our local weather in all seasons. It’s always a good idea to pay attention to the weather forecast. Though the first storm last week demonstrated how even with modern technology, forecasters can still be fooled by Mother Nature, established computer models and Doppler and Dual-Pole radar are still the best tools we have to depend on for our predictions.

As of the time of this posting, the next week of local forecasts looks like this:



That snow you see on Wednesday isn’t significant, but shows these conditions: Cloudy. Snow likely…Mainly after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds around 5 mph…Becoming west after midnight. Chance of snow 70 percent. So far, none of the other snow forecasts are for greater than 40% chance.

At least one online outlet is currently discussing the potential of a winter storm from Feb. 10-15, with the possibility of a a significant temperature drop from Feb. 16-20. These outlooks are NOT official and are based solely on computer model ensembles, which we’ve seen recently to be occasionally unreliable. But that is the extent of what we know right now, just for general planning purposes. Meanwhile:

  • Stay alert and informed. We post breaking news on our Facebook page and in our Twitter stream.
  • Remember to check on the elderly and don’t leave pets unattended outdoors for long periods of time
  • Have an emergency plan in case your home loses power or becomes otherwise uninhabitable.
  • Know your local Code Blue shelter in case of extreme, prolonged cold.