Right into it, then.
The clipper gives us 3-4 inches of snow. We may see some flurries/light snow showers late Sunday night (9-10pm) but the snow doesn't begin in earnest until the overnight hours (maybe 1-2am). Snow continues on and off through mid to late Monday afternoon, when there should be a break in the precipitation.
Then around 6-8pm Monday, we'll see the Nor'easter crank up. Current guidance suggests that the most dire impacts will be in north Jersey, NYC, and New England, where more than a foot of wind-driven snow is likely. Philly, South Jersey, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties will get an additional 6-8 inches of accumulation, giving them 9-12 between late Sunday night and Tuesday afternoon.
In Berks and Lancaster Counties, we appear to be toward the outskirts of this storm, so we're not looking at a direct hit. But we can still expect an additional 4-6 inches, so the storm total (from late Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon) is 6-10 inches.
In all the areas affected by the storm--from Bally to Bridesburg to Burlington to Brooklyn to Boston to Bangor--expect blizzard or near-blizzard conditions: wind-driven snow, lots of drifting, low visibilities, and some power outages. It will cold as well: high Monday of 27; high Tuesday of 23. Still windy and cold on Wednesday, but sunny.
And then we're watching something for Friday 1/30.
Chance of delay Monday, 94%
Chance of cancellation Monday, 78%
Chance of delay Tuesday, 55%
Chance of cancellation Tuesday, 70%
Chance of delay Wednesday, 40%
Chance of cancellation Wednesday, 24%
Stay tuned for updates!
A few things to talk to you about:
1. Donald Duck creeps me out. The dead eyes, the pantslessness, the volatile, hair-trigger temper - is this a children's character or my drunk uncle?
2. I clamored for more "likes" on Facebook to get to 800 and promised untold riches to the 800th. Then I went to sleep. I am now at 816 "likes" and counting, and have no way of determining who the 800th was. My deepest apologies for this lapse. Also, "like" my Facebook page.
3. My prediction for last night's storm was a little low. Heavier banding set up in a lot of places and the storm got here more quickly (making it an all-snow event rather than a snow-sleet-rain event for most of us).
4. We are getting some more, my good people.
First, a clipper comes through. Snow begins by 9 or 10pm Sunday night, continuing on and off throughout the night. Steadiest snow will be Monday morning between 6am and noon. (This is the titular "jab.")
Then, the system churns off the coast and becomes a Nor'easter, which could then slam us. (This is the titular "haymaker"--a term that derives from the use of a scythe with a wide, sweeping stroke to, literally, make hay.) Some forecast models are painting a proper blizzard here: 8-12 inches or more of light, fluffy snow, blown around by high winds. I'm not ready to call this a sure thing, though it does bear watching.
So as of Saturday night at 9pm EST, here are my percentages:
Chance of delay Monday, 92%
Chance of cancellation Monday, 67%
Chance of delay Tuesday, 21%
Chance of cancellation Tuesday, 44%
Chance of delay Wednesday, 56%
Chance of cancellation Wednesday, 30%
Stay tuned for updates--they will surely be forthcoming.
Actually, The Weather Channel is calling it Iola, but I don't care for that name, and as you know, when I think something is misnamed--person, place, or thing--I will rechristen it. Nicole becomes Carolyn. Emily becomes Cindy. Quinn becomes Stanley. Jill becomes Kelsey. Brent becomes Brandon. Whatnot.
Snow arrives 10pm-midnight Friday. Surface temperatures will be right at or just above the freezing mark (32 for quick reference) throughout the storm, so it's going to be tricky predicting what type of precipitation will fall from place to place, hour to hour.
I am not punking out; I am just telling you what I'm up against.
Snow, then, beginning 10-12pm Friday and continuing through mid-morning Saturday, when it will mix briefly with sleet, then turn over to plain rain by noon, after which we'll see drizzle and flurries through mid-afternoon.
Total accumulation: I'm sticking with 3-4 inches for most of us (Berks, Lehigh, Bucks, Lancaster). Maybe an inch or two for Philly and South Jersey. Maybe a hair more--5 and three-quarters?--in Lebanon, Schuylkill, Northampton, Dauphin.
Travel impacts: Throughout Saturday morning, travel will be shitty over most of the region. Saturday afternoon and evening will be far better, then on Saturday night (after, say, 10 or 11pm) temperatures will fall back below freezing and slick spots will develop once again.
On Sunday night into Monday, we're looking at a clipper system moving through. It will accumulate only 2-3 inches generally, but (the way it looks now) the timing and overall balls-coldness (highs in the 20s with wind chills in the low teens--then falling throughout the day) will virtually guarantee a snow day.
stay tuned for updates!
Monsoon: I may have jumped the gun with the Nor'beaster©™® moniker, but I reserve the right to use it later
Alright, so it's looking less dire for Friday night / Saturday and the Nor'beaster©™®. Still a Nor'easter, and still some potential travel issues, but the system lacks the blocking, surface temperatures, and upper atmosphere juju to make it truly epic.
What I think:
Snow arrives late Friday night, like after midnight. Continues in to Saturday morning, when we'll see a changeover to a brief period of snow/sleet before turning to all rain east to west. Accumulation and travel issues will occur mainly between midnight Friday and 9-10am Saturday. Then rain til early evening, then flurries, then that's it. We're looking at 3-4 inches at most (Lehigh Valley, Berks, Bucks) and 1-2 inches (Philly, burbs) and a coating to an inch (shore).
Overcast on Sunday but no snow and temperatures reaching 40. Monday brings a clipper system that's quite similar to the one that hit us yesterday. 2-3 inches generally and a better-than-good chance of school early dismissals and/or cancellations. (Look for updates on this one over the weekend.) High Monday doesn't even reach freezing (with wind that'll make it feel like the teens); low gets down in to the lower teens (with wind that'll make it feel like the single digits).
Stay tuned for updates!
Clipper is on its way out for most of us, already gone for others. An inch or two at most (and trace amounts in some areas where dry pockets set up) with lots of early dismissals in its wake.
Overnight we'll see temperatures drop into the mid 20s. Overnight and into Thursday morning we will see pockets of freezing fog, which sucks. It's fog (which is already treacherous) freezing into little crystals and making slickness. So:
Chance of delay Thursday, 62.5%
Chance of cancellation Thursday, 7.8%
Both Thursday and Friday will turn out partly sunny with highs in the upper 30s, lows in the lower 20s.
Then on Saturday we're looking at the potential for a major coastal storm that could drop a foot of heavy, wet snow. A myriad of factors remain to be resolved, not the least of which are track and temperatures throughout the atmosphere. Still, it
Beyond that, I've got my eye on the potential for accumulating snow and scheduling delays on Monday 1/26 to Tuesday 1/27 as well as Friday 1/30.
The first week of February looks frigid.
Stay tuned for updates!