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Title: Winter weather thread
Post by: TravelingBethelite on January 20, 2016, 11:26:13 AM
So how 'bout that upcoming storm? Heard DC/Baltimore could get hit pretty hard. Everywhere along the coast form Portsmouth, NH to Raleigh and points south will even feel impacts! BOS-PVD-HFD-NYC will still get up to 18", while Philly could get 24" and DC, 36" is not out of the question! Oh, boy!   :)

Here's a model forecast for about 3 pm Saturday:

(http://i.imgur.com/EnCzoVK.png)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 20, 2016, 11:51:31 AM
I still have milk and eggs left over from last year's hyped up storms!

This one does seem interesting though!
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Brandon on January 20, 2016, 12:59:54 PM
Pardon me while I politely yawn.  I went to college in a place that sees 220 inches per year on average.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Zeffy on January 20, 2016, 01:06:07 PM
I still have milk and eggs left over from last year's hyped up storms!

This one does seem interesting though!

I better not see a state of emergency until they are damn sure we're going to get socked. Last year was such a joke.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 20, 2016, 01:11:46 PM
I still have milk and eggs left over from last year's hyped up storms!

This one does seem interesting though!

I better not see a state of emergency until they are damn sure we're going to get socked. Last year was such a joke.

STAY OFF THE (dry) ROADS!

For what it's worth, I don't think police departments really care if you're on the roads and they are clear and/or passable.  And I have never heard of a police department actually stopping anyone, nor have I seen it while plowing. 

But...get into an accident or otherwise cause an issue out there, and you're probably going to be cited for it.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: slorydn1 on January 20, 2016, 05:34:55 PM
Yeah I'm sure we'll see 2 or 3 flurries here which will put school on a 2 hour delay (if not cancelled outright), LOL. My kid missed more days of school due to snow in late January early February of 2014 than I did my entire "career" from K-12 living in Michigan and Illinois.

Right now our biggest problem is the temperature more than anything else. After living down south for 25 years my body just doesn't handle wind chills in the single digits and teens like it used to. To think, back in the day I would have gone outside to get the paper and check the mailbox without even putting a coat on in -20 degree weather and now I won't even open the door to look outside without a coat hat and gloves in +20 degree weather, LOL.

Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 20, 2016, 05:38:06 PM
I've lived up here for 9 years, and almost 10 now, I just accept the weather like it's nothing. It still does effects on me...
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: triplemultiplex on January 20, 2016, 10:06:55 PM
I hope Detective John McClain is on duty.
(http://i.jeded.com/i/die-hard-2-die-harder.15820.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Bruce on January 20, 2016, 10:57:33 PM
DC is a special kind of mess right now:

(http://i.imgur.com/xtNcbHa.png)

And Metro is only running to a select few underground stations (http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/safety_security/snowmap.cfm):

(http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/images/snowmap.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Thing 342 on January 20, 2016, 11:11:05 PM
I still have milk and eggs left over from last year's hyped up storms!

This one does seem interesting though!

I better not see a state of emergency until they are damn sure we're going to get socked. Last year was such a joke.
This line of thinking with regards to weather forecasts (and probabilistic forecasts in general) greatly irritates me.  People (specifically the media) fail to realize that there's quite a bit of uncertainty built into weather forecasting, and with these big storms the 'bust' case will often have as much as a 30% chance of occurring, which is why forecasting agencies generally issue forecasts with confidence intervals. Of course nobody actually looks at these intervals, and when the 'bust' case occurs, people blame the forecasters, despite the fact that they themselves admitted uncertainty.

Currently, Blacksburg's forecast to get anywhere from 8" to 2', and I'll trudge across the Drillfield on Friday and Saturday regardless.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: freebrickproductions on January 21, 2016, 10:20:33 AM
Huntsville could be getting snow on Friday.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman on January 21, 2016, 10:21:16 AM
DC is a special kind of mess right now:

(http://i.imgur.com/xtNcbHa.png)

And Metro is only running to a select few underground stations (http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/safety_security/snowmap.cfm):

(http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/images/snowmap.jpg)


And they only have two inches so far.  Terrorists don't need to bomb DC to paralyze it, they just need to seed the clouds when it's below freezing.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman on January 21, 2016, 10:25:36 AM
I still have milk and eggs left over from last year's hyped up storms!

This one does seem interesting though!

I better not see a state of emergency until they are damn sure we're going to get socked. Last year was such a joke.
This line of thinking with regards to weather forecasts (and probabilistic forecasts in general) greatly irritates me.  People (specifically the media) fail to realize that there's quite a bit of uncertainty built into weather forecasting, and with these big storms the 'bust' case will often have as much as a 30% chance of occurring, which is why forecasting agencies generally issue forecasts with confidence intervals. Of course nobody actually looks at these intervals, and when the 'bust' case occurs, people blame the forecasters, despite the fact that they themselves admitted uncertainty.

Currently, Blacksburg's forecast to get anywhere from 8" to 2', and I'll trudge across the Drillfield on Friday and Saturday regardless.
When it comes to weather forecasting, between the MSM and NOAA,  I'll take NOAA anytime.  The fact I'm in an area where I can reliably receive NOAA broadcasts from four different regions helps as well.

Right now, it looks like the upper edge of the storm will mostly miss Boston - they're predicting 3 to 6 inches in the immediate Boston area, with slightly higher on the South Shore.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 21, 2016, 10:28:39 AM
Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: kj3400 on January 21, 2016, 10:30:28 AM
It wasn't even an inch up here, we got a light dusting, and I know DC couldn't have gotten much more than we did.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman on January 21, 2016, 10:33:01 AM
Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
As opposed to the MBTA (Boston), which has trouble running trains even when there's no snow or rain.  Their solution, a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that "Winter Happens" - and goes on to encourage them to check the web site and service alerts for cancellations during storms.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: SidS1045 on January 21, 2016, 11:51:21 AM
DC is a special kind of mess right now:

There's a snappy line in there somewhere, but this isn't a political thread...

(ducking and covering)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: wolfiefrick on January 21, 2016, 03:04:34 PM
Yesterday, the town where I live canceled school because there was one inch of snow on the ground. The roads weren't in good shape either; it snowed all night. I can guess that there will be one day that a giant winter storm hits us in March like it always does (we live in St. Louis where Mother Nature hates our guts; I guess we pissed her off somehow) and they'll make us go to school.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 21, 2016, 03:28:33 PM
Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
As opposed to the MBTA (Boston), which has trouble running trains even when there's no snow or rain.  Their solution, a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that "Winter Happens" - and goes on to encourage them to check the web site and service alerts for cancellations during storms.

I'll respect storms as a reason for service issues...except when they tell people to use mass transit instead of driving.

But 1" of snow isn't a storm!  It's not even enough to cover the tracks!!!
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 21, 2016, 03:32:06 PM
Why don't more cities use underground tracks, rather than elevated tracks, to remove the need of having to close down stations? At the very least, build canopies...NYC's subway still operates after a couple inches of snow.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: SidS1045 on January 21, 2016, 03:35:48 PM
BOS-PVD-HFD-NYC will still get up to 18"

Not anymore.  Forecast as of noon ET Thursday:  From Boston southwest though Worcester and Springfield, and just north of Hartford, 1-3", southeastern MA including Hartford, Providence, Cape Cod and the islands, 3-6", northwestern MA, southern NH and southern VT, a dusting to 1".  Northern NH, northern VT and ME, nothing.  Apparently most of New England is escaping the worst of this one.  The far southern coast of RI, CT and down into NY, 6-12+"
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Brandon on January 21, 2016, 03:37:41 PM
Why don't more cities use underground tracks, rather than elevated tracks, to remove the need of having to close down stations? At the very least, build canopies...NYC's subway still operates after a couple inches of snow.

Chicago's L runs fairly well in the snow.  As does Metra, with the exception of hitting a car on the tracks on the Southwest Service yesterday morning.

WTF got into people here yesterday morning anyway!?!  A half fucking inch of snow and you'd swear you were transported to Atlanta if you drove I-55 or I-355 Wednesday morning.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 21, 2016, 03:45:48 PM
Why don't more cities use underground tracks, rather than elevated tracks, to remove the need of having to close down stations? At the very least, build canopies...NYC's subway still operates after a couple inches of snow.

Expensive.  And that's an understatement. 

In Washington DC, 12 Miles of the Silver line cost $2.9 Billion to build. And that's above ground.  The next phase will extend it to Dulles Airport.  Changing a single station from an underground to an above ground, and related work, is saving nearly $1 billion of what was a nearly $4 Billion project.
Title: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 21, 2016, 03:52:42 PM
The statement about the Metro not running was inaccurate. The trains kept running last night. The map above shows where it won't run once eight inches of snow have fallen.

Now, the bus system was a mess last night.


Edited to add: The new GM just announced the subway will close at 11:00 Friday night and won't reopen until Monday at the earliest. Two concerns—storing trains in tunnels and risk of power outages.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: SidS1045 on January 21, 2016, 04:37:07 PM
And...the forecast for New England has changed again.

From Boston southwest though Worcester and Springfield, and just north of Hartford, 0-2".  Southeastern MA including Hartford, Providence, Cape Cod and the islands, 1-4".  The southern coast of RI, CT and down into NY, 3-6+".  Northwestern MA and all of ME, NH and VT, nothing.

As we in New England tend to say:  If you don't like the weather, wait a minute.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 21, 2016, 04:42:14 PM
Still gonna have a foot of snow here...which is a problem.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: dcbjms on January 21, 2016, 05:36:17 PM
BOS-PVD-HFD-NYC will still get up to 18"

Not anymore.  Forecast as of noon ET Thursday:  From Boston southwest though Worcester and Springfield, and just north of Hartford, 1-3", southeastern MA including Hartford, Providence, Cape Cod and the islands, 3-6", northwestern MA, southern NH and southern VT, a dusting to 1".  Northern NH, northern VT and ME, nothing.  Apparently most of New England is escaping the worst of this one.  The far southern coast of RI, CT and down into NY, 6-12+"

3-6" doesn't sound like anything to worry about, considering the jokes of a dusting that we've had.  I wouldn't want to be in South County, though - and I know someone who lives near Sand Hill Cove. :eek:

And...the forecast for New England has changed again.

From Boston southwest though Worcester and Springfield, and just north of Hartford, 0-2".  Southeastern MA including Hartford, Providence, Cape Cod and the islands, 1-4".  The southern coast of RI, CT and down into NY, 3-6+".  Northwestern MA and all of ME, NH and VT, nothing.

As we in New England tend to say:  If you don't like the weather, wait a minute.

Still mostly bearable, and in the case of inland RI still more or less within the lower end of the original forecast today.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman on January 22, 2016, 10:03:44 AM
The local media in Boston this morning are still calling for dusting to 3 inches north of the Mass Pike, and three to six inches south of the Mass Pike.  However, the've added the disclaimer "Of course, the track is still uncertain, and if it moves a bit north, we could get even more snow."
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 22, 2016, 12:03:24 PM

Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
As opposed to the MBTA (Boston), which has trouble running trains even when there's no snow or rain.  Their solution, a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that "Winter Happens" - and goes on to encourage them to check the web site and service alerts for cancellations during storms.

And replacing the third-rail heating system on the whole above-ground Red Line and southern half of the Orange Line, and buying a bunch of new snow-clearing equipment...
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: dcbjms on January 22, 2016, 02:00:02 PM

Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
As opposed to the MBTA (Boston), which has trouble running trains even when there's no snow or rain.  Their solution, a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that "Winter Happens" - and goes on to encourage them to check the web site and service alerts for cancellations during storms.

And replacing the third-rail heating system on the whole above-ground Red Line and southern half of the Orange Line, and buying a bunch of new snow-clearing equipment...

Which sounds like the Green and Blue Lines are chopped liver - or would be had there not been the reconstruction of Government Center. (Still think using a glass top is a bad idea.)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 22, 2016, 04:41:44 PM


Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
As opposed to the MBTA (Boston), which has trouble running trains even when there's no snow or rain.  Their solution, a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that "Winter Happens" - and goes on to encourage them to check the web site and service alerts for cancellations during storms.

And replacing the third-rail heating system on the whole above-ground Red Line and southern half of the Orange Line, and buying a bunch of new snow-clearing equipment...

Which sounds like the Green and Blue Lines are chopped liver - or would be had there not been the reconstruction of Government Center. (Still think using a glass top is a bad idea.)

Should they have installed third rail heaters on the Green and Blue Lines, then?
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 22, 2016, 05:11:48 PM
Snow has begun about an hour ago, and it's really packing up...oh boy.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman on January 22, 2016, 05:23:16 PM

Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
As opposed to the MBTA (Boston), which has trouble running trains even when there's no snow or rain.  Their solution, a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that "Winter Happens" - and goes on to encourage them to check the web site and service alerts for cancellations during storms.

And replacing the third-rail heating system on the whole above-ground Red Line and southern half of the Orange Line, and buying a bunch of new snow-clearing equipment...
Which does nothing to improve the reliability of the rolling stock, or increase the frequency of trains, or etc. etc.  These are problems that directly affect passengers every day - regardless of the weather.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman on January 22, 2016, 05:29:14 PM

Which sounds like the Green and Blue Lines are chopped liver - or would be had there not been the reconstruction of Government Center. (Still think using a glass top is a bad idea.)

Should they have installed third rail heaters on the Green and Blue Lines, then?

Green Line is entirely overhead trolley wire.  Above ground-portion of Blue Line from Airport to Wonderland is overhead catenary.  Catenary used to extend all the way to Maverick Station (which is underground) until some non-engineer types in T management decided it was better to have the overhead to third rail changeover at Airport instead.  Since that change, they have had frequent wire failures at Airport, resulting in substituting shuttle buses (what management calls "bustitution") for trains.

And the Government Center rebuild is another classic MBTA boondoggle, especially the glass and steel headhouse that serves NO functional purpose whatsoever that justifies the height of the structure.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 22, 2016, 05:34:27 PM


Wow...a transit system that can't run trains when an inch of snow falls.
As opposed to the MBTA (Boston), which has trouble running trains even when there's no snow or rain.  Their solution, a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that "Winter Happens" - and goes on to encourage them to check the web site and service alerts for cancellations during storms.

And replacing the third-rail heating system on the whole above-ground Red Line and southern half of the Orange Line, and buying a bunch of new snow-clearing equipment...
Which does nothing to improve the reliability of the rolling stock, or increase the frequency of trains, or etc. etc.  These are problems that directly affect passengers every day - regardless of the weather.

You insinuated that the entire MBTA response to winter reliability has been "a glossy PR campaign to remind riders that 'Winter Happens,'" and that is not the case.

As to the MBTA's everyday maintenance woes, complain to the citizens of the Commonwealth, who want a system they don't have to pay for.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on January 22, 2016, 06:31:31 PM
The local media in Boston this morning are still calling for dusting to 3 inches north of the Mass Pike, and three to six inches south of the Mass Pike.  However, the've added the disclaimer "Of course, the track is still uncertain, and if it moves a bit north, we could get even more snow."

Snow line looks to be a few miles north of I-84. It has tracked much further south of what was originally forecasted. At the beginning of the week, Albany was supposed to be in the region that got slammed. Brunt of it will pass south of Long Island. At this point, I don't see it shifting too far north. In Greater Boston, looks like a couple inches between the Pike and the NH line. NH will get nothing.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: oscar on January 22, 2016, 07:51:13 PM
I got back home yesterday evening from a two-week road trip to Florida ... just in time for this weekend's blizzard. I spent this morning unloading my car, putting it in for pre-scheduled major maintenance (240,000-mile service), and taking my pickup truck to do some last-minute grocery shopping and other errands before the snow started falling here mid-afternoon today.

If I weren't locked into spending the weekend at home for various reasons, I would've been tempted to keep driving past home on I-81 and instead turn northwest toward places where the winter storm isn't as severe. (I did something similar for "Snowmageddon" in 2010, fleeing north into Canada to escape the chaos down here.) Only upside for sticking with my return plans is that my car dealer gets to keep my car in its covered garage during the storm until I pick it up next week, so I'll have to dig out only my truck from the expected two feet of snow (only surface parking at my condo complex).

On my way back, I saw a convoy of power company repair trucks heading north from Tennessee into Virginia. Good to see one of our power companies (don't know which one) lining up help from one of its southern counterparts, ahead of the storm.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: wanderer2575 on January 22, 2016, 08:29:26 PM
Then you have schmucks like this guy:

http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/2016/01/this-driver-is-welcome-on-the-roads-of-florida.html#comments

Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: kj3400 on January 23, 2016, 04:26:41 AM
Still snowing. I shudder to think how much will be down when I wake up. I shoveled around 9 pm but it'll probably have snowed quadruple what I shoveled then by the morning.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 23, 2016, 08:50:34 AM
Still snowing here. View of our deck at, first, 1:17 PM yesterday and, second, 8:11 this morning:

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/1995hoo/BC6ED500-D7D4-497E-B577-8AA879E54965_zpsp4rv8t7g.jpg)

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/1995hoo/8DA36247-F57E-4CBB-B14E-36513DE1AD98_zpsxkfadyyi.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 23, 2016, 11:42:00 AM
Still snowing. About two feet of snow has fallen here.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: D-Dey65 on January 23, 2016, 12:14:58 PM
At times like this, I really miss those neon VMS signs on the New Jersey Turnpike. I always wanted to see them flash snow warnings. Oh, well. At least I can check the NJT cams and look for some current VMS signs.

Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 23, 2016, 12:24:41 PM
Hi there!

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/1995hoo/aebc1be1141bb9b02881d0639d0c4f47_zpspz7jeur1.jpg)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on January 23, 2016, 01:14:35 PM
The storm may have shifted north, but it's still missing all of the areas used to getting massive amounts of snow. I've seen barely anything fall this year...   :no:
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: dcbjms on January 23, 2016, 01:57:54 PM
Snow started falling here about 1-1½ hours ago.  We're under a winter storm warning, with accumulations over 6".  Oh, well - basically got nothing to do today anyway.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: kkt on January 23, 2016, 02:11:07 PM
Hi there!

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/1995hoo/aebc1be1141bb9b02881d0639d0c4f47_zpspz7jeur1.jpg)

Poor little squirrel!  His nuts are all frozen.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 23, 2016, 02:31:10 PM
I see a tweet saying the Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed between New Stanton and Breezewood.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: empirestate on January 23, 2016, 02:47:17 PM
In NYC they did a mid-day shutdown of surface transit: buses, elevated subways and commuter trains.


iPhone
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 23, 2016, 02:56:11 PM
"Hold my beer and watch this!"

Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on January 23, 2016, 02:57:44 PM
In NYC they did a mid-day shutdown of surface transit: buses, elevated subways and commuter trains.


iPhone

Commuter rail and above-ground Subway service is shutting down at 4. Underground sections of the Subway will continue running, but only local service, as they store trains on the express tracks during storms. Franklin and Rockaway Shuttles have already stopped service, as has the A to Rockaway, N south of 59th St/4th Avenue, and 5 north of E180. Q is being rerouted to Whitehall.

NJ Transit has shut down as well.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on January 23, 2016, 03:00:34 PM
Just in: NYCDOT issued a travel ban
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 23, 2016, 03:08:23 PM
Just in: NYCDOT issued a travel ban
No travel ban here...
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: NJRoadfan on January 23, 2016, 04:09:37 PM
Looks like the local plow trucks gave up for the afternoon. I'm barely keeping up with the shoveling, but I can at least get out of the house via one exit.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Zeffy on January 23, 2016, 06:09:18 PM
A large part of Somerset County is currently at 30 inches. That includes Hillsborough, because there is a LOT of snow.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 23, 2016, 08:37:07 PM
I'm happy for you guys.  Scant 2" so far here, but it's nice to see real snow again.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman65 on January 23, 2016, 08:39:38 PM
http://newjersey.news12.com/news/roof-collapse-reported-at-westfield-trader-joe-s-building-badly-damaged-1.11369908

Roof collapses at a Westfield, NJ Trader Joes Store due to this nasty storm.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: davewiecking on January 23, 2016, 09:12:14 PM
Gov. Hogan shuts MD Interstates for snow removal:
http://wtop.com/maryland/2016/01/i-270-and-parts-of-i-70-closed-for-snow-removal/
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: slorydn1 on January 23, 2016, 11:20:51 PM
http://newjersey.news12.com/news/roof-collapse-reported-at-westfield-trader-joe-s-building-badly-damaged-1.11369908 (http://newjersey.news12.com/news/roof-collapse-reported-at-westfield-trader-joe-s-building-badly-damaged-1.11369908)

Roof collapses at a Westfield, NJ Trader Joes Store due to this nasty storm.

Wow, first time I have ever encountered a TV news website that is pay walled. Oh well.....
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cpzilliacus on January 23, 2016, 11:27:40 PM
Baltimore Sun: Baltimore bans all traffic except emergency vehicles, plows (http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/weather/bs-md-ci-snow-update-20160123-story.html)
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cpzilliacus on January 23, 2016, 11:59:36 PM
N.Y. Times: Stranded in the Snow, Travelers Camp in Cars and Make Do (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/us/stranded-on-snowed-in-kentucky-interstate-travelers-ration-food-and-wait.html)

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Sabrina Swidergal was among hundreds of Catholic high school and college students returning from an anti-abortion rally in Washington who started their weekend stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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Hundreds of miles away in Kentucky, Jeff Greenberg and two others in an all-wheel-drive Acura found themselves in a similar circumstance, stuck overnight in a snowstorm with a 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola as their sole source of sustenance. Elsewhere in Kentucky, April Montesinos and her family saw their food supplies dwindle while their car sat “in the exact same spot” for more than 18 hours.

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The travelers were among the thousands trapped on roadways by the weekend snowstorm that stretched across much of the eastern United States.

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“We ran out of food and water,” said Ms. Montesinos, 33, who was trying to return to Ohio from a funeral when she and family members got stuck on Interstate 75. “We had been calling the Kentucky state patrol, and they were we telling us, ‘We are going to get you guys out of there very quick.’ And hours and hours and hours went by, and nothing.”
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cpzilliacus on January 24, 2016, 01:55:31 AM
Wall Street Journal: Winter Storm Snarls Transportation Networks Across Region - Big-city airports close, train service is canceled and a transportation ban is enacted in New York (http://www.wsj.com/articles/winter-storm-snarls-transportation-networks-across-region-1453574891)

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The biggest winter storm of the season brought heavy snowfalls across the mid-Atlantic, snarling transportation networks and paralyzing regional travel.

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At least 18 deaths in the region, mostly in traffic accidents, were blamed on the storm, according to the Associated Press.

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As the storm bore down on the East Coast’s biggest hubs, more than 10,200 flights were canceled throughout the weekend—including more than 4,400 on Saturday and nearly 2,400 on Sunday—according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

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Airports in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington shut operations Saturday. The three major New York-area airports remained open but were seeing heavy cancellations.

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In Pennsylvania, more than 500 cars and trucks were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: ghYHZ on January 24, 2016, 06:09:24 AM
Usually what you get in the Northeast…….we’ll get six hours later in the Maritimes. Well this time something happened and the storm headed out into the Atlantic just glancing the very southern tip of Nova Scotia and along the coast with about 4cm (1 ½”).

This would have been our third storm in less than two weeks so a bit of a break..... but I’m sure you’ll send something our way the next time.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 24, 2016, 08:39:23 AM
Best sign it was a big snowstorm: The bishop urged everyone to watch Mass on TV instead of trying to attend in person.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 24, 2016, 09:29:55 AM
From another forum I visit:

Quote from: caps21-74
I went out to clear snow from the gas meter and heard my neighbors having sex in their outdoor hot tub...I still think indoors is a better option...


She's a screamer....
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 24, 2016, 10:07:25 AM
Wall Street Journal:
 (http://www.wsj.com/articles/winter-storm-snarls-transportation-networks-across-region-1453574891)
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As the storm bore down on the East Coast’s biggest hubs, more than 10,200 flights were canceled throughout the weekend—including more than 4,400 on Saturday and nearly 2,400 on Sunday—according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

Um???
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 24, 2016, 10:58:30 AM
Snow has stopped here, and now everyone is out shoveling. End the blizzard.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: kj3400 on January 24, 2016, 01:03:56 PM
The blizzard might be over, but the aftermath is going to last at least a week.
2 and a half feet, and the snow plows haven't made it to our street just yet, though a couple of people have made their way out of our neighborhood onto the main roads.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on January 24, 2016, 02:05:48 PM
The blizzard might be over, but the aftermath is going to last at least a week.
2 and a half feet, and the snow plows haven't made it to our street just yet, though a couple of people have made their way out of our neighborhood onto the main roads.

All depends on where. NYC got a similar amount and a lot of stuff there is back up and running. Traffic cams show that majors are down to pavement, Subway service has been restored on the els, and Metro-North is running. They'll have almost everything running close to normal tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: empirestate on January 24, 2016, 06:41:45 PM
It surprises me that this clocked in at NYC second-biggest snowfall (and that by only a tenth of an inch). The streets in town look to me pretty much as they have for much of several prior winters. I ascribe this to several healthy-sized snowfalls coming in succession in those prior years, resulting in heaping mounds of snow all over town.

Still, as a lifelong Upstater, I'm still not used to the idea that two feet of snow counts as record material in some other part of the state!
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: ET21 on January 25, 2016, 12:18:00 AM
This was such an eye-candy storm to look at and observe on weather models and analysis. The last big snow I got blizzard wise is approaching its one year mark, when we got 20 inches during Super Bowl 49
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: dcbjms on January 26, 2016, 09:46:03 AM
Usually what you get in the Northeast…….we’ll get six hours later in the Maritimes. Well this time something happened and the storm headed out into the Atlantic just glancing the very southern tip of Nova Scotia and along the coast with about 4cm (1 ½”).

This would have been our third storm in less than two weeks so a bit of a break..... but I’m sure you’ll send something our way the next time.

That's definitely good news.  That also sounds like what we actually got 'round here, which was about 1½" to 3".  Of course, the way my house is facing the sun means that we're getting a lot faster melting this time around than usual, which is good.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Thing 342 on January 26, 2016, 03:35:34 PM
We got just over a foot (13.5" was the official measurement IIRC) here in Blacksburg, leading VT to actually cancel classes on Friday, which I am told is rare. You should have seen the number of makeshift sleds people here were using this weekend. I saw everything from laundry baskets to Rubbermaid container lids to old unfolded boxes wrapped in trash bags.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Brandon on January 26, 2016, 03:40:16 PM
We got just over a foot (13.5" was the official measurement IIRC) here in Blacksburg, leading VT to actually cancel classes on Friday, which I am told is rare. You should have seen the number of makeshift sleds people here were using this weekend. I saw everything from laundry baskets to Rubbermaid container lids to old unfolded boxes wrapped in trash bags.

Shoot, up at Michigan Tech (which gets about 220 inches of the white stuff per year), they take cafeteria trays out as makeshift sleds.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 74/171FAN on January 26, 2016, 03:51:18 PM
We got just over a foot (13.5" was the official measurement IIRC) here in Blacksburg, leading VT to actually cancel classes on Friday, which I am told is rare. You should have seen the number of makeshift sleds people here were using this weekend. I saw everything from laundry baskets to Rubbermaid container lids to old unfolded boxes wrapped in trash bags.

In my senior year, around Valentine's Day VT cancelled two days of classes due to Blacksburg getting about 20 inches. 

It is seldom that classes are cancelled though, they even faked us out when Sandy came by originally saying that classes were cancelled and then backing off that (apparently the state of emergency from Bob McDonnell did not apply to colleges I think).  I will say that classes did not need to be cancelled then in hindsight due to only getting high winds and some snow.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: roadman on January 26, 2016, 04:22:07 PM
Best sign it was a big snowstorm: The bishop urged everyone to watch Mass on TV instead of trying to attend in person.
Technically, the bishop gave a special dispensation relieving the faithful of their obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  Watching Mass on TV was only a suggestion, not a requirement.

And this practice is very unusual.  Last time I heard of a special dispensation being granted by any Archdiocese was several years ago when St. Patrick's Day fell on a Friday in Lent.  The faithful were relieved of their obligation to not eat meat that day, so they could partake in the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef and cabbage.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Big John on January 26, 2016, 04:32:49 PM
^^ In a 1999 blizzard, Catholic churches were closed on one Sunday in the Milwaukee diocese as many had no way to get there.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 26, 2016, 04:49:15 PM
I still have no school, and no school tomorrow on the 27th. This might turn into a one week vacation from school for me. The aftermath really shook up the Northeast, but hey, we're pros at this.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: dcbjms on January 26, 2016, 05:05:50 PM
I still have no school, and no school tomorrow on the 27th. This might turn into a one week vacation from school for me. The aftermath really shook up the Northeast, but hey, we're pros at this.

Meanwhile, over here, whatever snow we got is melting so fast it's making some people happy.  That's even though by local standards what we got was basically "lightweight".  If this weather keeps up, you'd barely know that it's winter were it not for the trees being so bare.

Of course, now everyone is crazy over the potential for a big snowstorm on Friday, so the euphoria may be short-lived.  But, at least we got lucky.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on January 26, 2016, 05:19:08 PM
I still have no school, and no school tomorrow on the 27th. This might turn into a one week vacation from school for me. The aftermath really shook up the Northeast, but hey, we're pros at this.

Meanwhile, over here, whatever snow we got is melting so fast it's making some people happy.  That's even though by local standards what we got was basically "lightweight".  If this weather keeps up, you'd barely know that it's winter were it not for the trees being so bare.

Of course, now everyone is crazy over the potential for a big snowstorm on Friday, so the euphoria may be short-lived.  But, at least we got lucky.

People in Albany are quite shocked at the lack of snow. It's one of the lightest winters on record so far. Heck, it was 45 degrees today. That's unheard of during January. What remains of the plow mounds is quickly melting.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Duke87 on January 26, 2016, 07:19:37 PM
Wow, first time I have ever encountered a TV news website that is pay walled. Oh well.....

Yes, well, Cablevision likes to dangle News 12 as something you can't have if you get your TV from one of their competitors instead of them, which they can do because they own it. Naturally, the website has the same restrictions placed on it. If you live outside of Cablevision's territory, this means you have no way to get access, but considering the intent is to provide local news that's something they don't consider to be a problem. Hell, even the TV station is location restricted. Growing up in Connecticut we had the Connecticut version of News 12. If we wanted to watch the version of News 12 from a different area, tough, it wasn't available to us.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: 1995hoo on January 26, 2016, 09:07:55 PM
Best sign it was a big snowstorm: The bishop urged everyone to watch Mass on TV instead of trying to attend in person.
Technically, the bishop gave a special dispensation relieving the faithful of their obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  Watching Mass on TV was only a suggestion, not a requirement.

....

I said "urged," didn't I?
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on January 26, 2016, 09:11:33 PM
All that snow we got is gonna become ice thanks to freezing rain this weekend.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Rothman on January 27, 2016, 08:07:07 AM
I still have no school, and no school tomorrow on the 27th. This might turn into a one week vacation from school for me. The aftermath really shook up the Northeast, but hey, we're pros at this.

Meanwhile, over here, whatever snow we got is melting so fast it's making some people happy.  That's even though by local standards what we got was basically "lightweight".  If this weather keeps up, you'd barely know that it's winter were it not for the trees being so bare.

Of course, now everyone is crazy over the potential for a big snowstorm on Friday, so the euphoria may be short-lived.  But, at least we got lucky.

People in Albany are quite shocked at the lack of snow. It's one of the lightest winters on record so far. Heck, it was 45 degrees today. That's unheard of during January. What remains of the plow mounds is quickly melting.

Meh.  We've had other forms of precipitation, though, so I'm not that concerned about the lack of snow.  It was the winter a couple of years ago (or rather, total lack thereof) that was truly shocking -- that season just felt wrong and eerie.  It was even warmer in January that year.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 27, 2016, 08:10:20 AM
I still have no school, and no school tomorrow on the 27th. This might turn into a one week vacation from school for me. The aftermath really shook up the Northeast, but hey, we're pros at this.

I hope that was being said sarcastically.  If they were pros at this, schools would've reopened Monday without any loss of classtime. 

Nearly every school district that had been closed is resuming class today.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: empirestate on January 27, 2016, 08:38:02 AM
I still have no school, and no school tomorrow on the 27th. This might turn into a one week vacation from school for me. The aftermath really shook up the Northeast, but hey, we're pros at this.

I hope that was being said sarcastically.  If they were pros at this, schools would've reopened Monday without any loss of classtime. 

Nearly every school district that had been closed is resuming class today.

Should be pros, at least. I still don't get, as I said before, why snowy weather is re-discovered every year by those localities who experience it with that frequency. My Facebook timeline just presented me with a "memory" photo of me standing in a blizzard in NYC on January 27th…of last year.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: ET21 on January 27, 2016, 10:16:15 PM
Another decent system is being worked over in the models for the Monday to Wednesday period of next week.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on January 27, 2016, 11:35:16 PM
Another decent system is being worked over in the models for the Monday to Wednesday period of next week.

Looks like it'll be mostly rain. Early prediction here is 52 with half an inch of rain. The hurting tourism industry probably doesn't like that one bit.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: ghYHZ on January 31, 2016, 04:03:19 PM
Usually what you get in the Northeast…….we’ll get six hours later in the Maritimes. Well this time something happened and the storm headed out into the Atlantic just glancing the very southern tip of Nova Scotia and along the coast with about 4cm (1 ½”).

This would have been our third storm in less than two weeks so a bit of a break..... but I’m sure you’ll send something our way the next time.

Well I guess it was pay-back time this weekend! A Nor’easter rolled up the coast Friday evening with heavy wet snow....about 30cm (12”).....and the power is now just back on after 42 hours.

There’s a major melt-down already: 6 deg this afternoon and up to 12 (54 deg) tomorrow.....a bit uncommon for the first of February.

And on Tuesday....sun and cloud so a pretty good chance Shubenacadie  Sam will see his shadow:

http://www.novanewsnow.com/Living/2016-01-20/article-4420394/Shubenacadie-Sam-gearing-up-for-his-big-day/1
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Desert Man on February 03, 2016, 12:05:46 AM
Highs were above 80F or 27C on Fri and Sat, then came a stormfront dropped the highs to 65F and strong winds along with sprinkles. This is winter weather for the Palm Springs area and So CA.  :bigass: I had to use that emoticon to express myself.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: dcbjms on February 04, 2016, 03:35:43 PM
Eastern New England is getting slammed tomorrow; NOAA predicting 4-8" of heavy wet snow (the back-breaking stuff).
http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=RIZ001&warncounty=RIC007&firewxzone=RIZ001&local_place1=2%20Miles%20SSE%20Glocester%20RI&product1=Winter+Storm+Warning&lat=41.891&lon=-71.691#.VrO1qUOqhgU
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Pete from Boston on February 04, 2016, 04:26:59 PM

Southeastern New England is getting slammed tomorrow; NOAA predicting 4-8" of heavy wet snow (the back-breaking stuff).
http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=RIZ001&warncounty=RIC007&firewxzone=RIZ001&local_place1=2%20Miles%20SSE%20Glocester%20RI&product1=Winter+Storm+Warning&lat=41.891&lon=-71.691#.VrO1qUOqhgU

FTFY.  It is not expected to be a major event here.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on February 04, 2016, 04:44:37 PM

Southeastern New England is getting slammed tomorrow; NOAA predicting 4-8" of heavy wet snow (the back-breaking stuff).
http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=RIZ001&warncounty=RIC007&firewxzone=RIZ001&local_place1=2%20Miles%20SSE%20Glocester%20RI&product1=Winter+Storm+Warning&lat=41.891&lon=-71.691#.VrO1qUOqhgU

FTFY.  It is not expected to be a major event here.
"If you don't like the weather, wait a couple of minutes."
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Pete from Boston on February 04, 2016, 04:46:36 PM
Actually, I stand corrected (with noelbotevera's caveat acknowledged).  Latest forecast is 8" here. 
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: jp the roadgeek on February 04, 2016, 06:28:04 PM
Actually, I stand corrected (with noelbotevera's caveat acknowledged).  Latest forecast is 8" here.

Went from a 20% chance of flurries yesterday to up to 6" here in CT today. Plus we might get nailed next Tuesday and the coldest weather of the winter next weekend.  Thanks for the kiss of death, Mr. Groundhog


UPDATE: We got 10".  With the last 2 storms, my town is approaching Buffalo's snow total for the winter.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Rothman on February 06, 2016, 01:00:22 AM
Nothing here in the Capital District of NY.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: cl94 on February 09, 2016, 09:27:02 AM
Albany area got its first significant snowfall yesterday. 3-4 inches. People were either driving like grandma or like roads were dry and clear (which they certainly weren't). Unsurprisingly, Ichabod Crane School District went on a 2 hour delay this morning because of it.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: noelbotevera on February 09, 2016, 09:43:55 AM
Albany area got its first significant snowfall yesterday. 3-4 inches. People were either driving like grandma or like roads were dry and clear (which they certainly weren't). Unsurprisingly, Ichabod Crane School District went on a 2 hour delay this morning because of it.
Same here (about 3-4 inches, and 2.5 more coming), but school was canceled.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Rothman on February 09, 2016, 10:28:26 AM
Albany area got its first significant snowfall yesterday. 3-4 inches. People were either driving like grandma or like roads were dry and clear (which they certainly weren't). Unsurprisingly, Ichabod Crane School District went on a 2 hour delay this morning because of it.

Pfft.  3-4 inches?  At least west of the Hudson, the fall was more like 1-2 inches.

Still, I'll take it.  This winter is almost perfect in my book.  I would like to be able to go out sledding at some point, though!
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: Thing 342 on February 09, 2016, 10:38:09 AM
We had a quick inch come in last night, and may get a bit more today.
Title: Re: Winter weather thread
Post by: freebrickproductions on February 09, 2016, 01:18:31 PM
We got some snow that actually accumulated here in Huntsville, AL this morning.