The forecast worsens

I’m so glad we had our maple tree repaired, as the forecast has worsened.  Yuck!  I hope I can get the garlic and shallots planted and mulched today.

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
524 AM EDT SAT OCT 29 2011

...POTENTIALLY DAMAGING AND HISTORIC OCTOBER SNOWSTORM LIKELY FOR
TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL RAPIDLY INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES UP THE MID
ATLANTIC COAST TODAY. THE LOW WILL PASS BY CAPE COD TONIGHT WHILE
STRENGTHENING RAPIDLY AND MOVING NORTHEAST.

PRECIPITATION SHOULD QUICKLY OVERSPREAD THE REGION FROM SOUTH TO
NORTH STARTING IN THE AFTERNOON HOURS ACROSS SOUTHERN NH AND
SOUTHERNMOST MAINE. THE LEADING EDGE OF THE SNOW SHIELD WILL
QUICKLY ADVANCE NORTHWARD DURING THE EVENING HOURS. TEMPERATURES
NEAR THE GROUND ON THE COASTAL PLAIN WILL PROBABLY BE WARM ENOUGH
FOR THE PRECIPITATION TO START AS RAIN OR A RAIN SNOW MIX...BUT
ONCE HEAVIER PRECIPITATION STARTS FALLING...ANY RAIN SHOULD FLIP
OVER TO HEAVY WET SNOW. THE CHANGE TO SNOW WILL PROBABLY BE
DELAYED A BIT LONGER ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST GIVEN THE
RELATIVELY WARM WATER TEMPERATURES THIS TIME OF YEAR.

THE EXPECTED HEAVY AND WET NATURE OF THE SNOW WILL STICK TO TREES
AND LIKELY CAUSE BRANCHES TO BREAK...ESPECIALLY ON TREES THAT
STILL HAVE LEAVES. EVEN JUST A FEW INCHES OF WET SNOW CAN CAUSE
SMALLER BRANCHES TO START BREAKING. EVENTUALLY...WITH ENOUGH SNOW
AND SOME WIND...ENTIRE TREES COULD SNAP. THIS WILL CREATE A
SITUATION WHERE THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR WIDESPREAD POWER
OUTAGES. RESIDENTS SHOULD PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE POSSIBILITY
OF EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES. ROADS WILL ALSO BECOME SNOW COVERED
AND TREACHEROUS.

THE STORM WILL MOVE OUT SUNDAY MORNING...BUT IT WILL REMAIN COLD
AND WINDY IN THE WAKE OF THE SYSTEM.
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8 Responses to “The forecast worsens”

  1. Robin Says:

    I hope that you get your work done today. This storm is a good one! We already have about 2″ of snow and it’s only been snowing for a couple of hours.

  2. Gail Fines Says:

    Living in the middle of the country we rarely get snow before the trees lose their leaves, October 1994 (I think) we had a huge one, the damage it did to trees was incredible and we were without power for four days! I hope you miss out on that part of the storm, but savor that unique quiet of snowfall.

    • Ali Says:

      The snow was beautiful, and we didn’t have any tree damage, but apparently lots of people are without power, and some areas of Maine received up to 17″ of snow….

  3. Julie Says:

    It is October, right? The generator is ready, wood is stacked, snowblower- good to go, the girls and Don Juan snug and tight in their coop, Let it SNOW!

    • Ali Says:

      Our wood is stacked, but I haven’t put the garden to bed yet, let alone stored all the lawn furniture, etc. I’m not quite ready for snow yet….

  4. Jennifer Fisk Says:

    I managed to get my garlic planted yesterday as well as putting a wheelbarrow of bunny berries on the rhubarb. Now it is all snuggled under a thick layer of straw and snow. Hope you were successful in getting yours in before this slop hit.

    • Ali Says:

      Alas, I did not get to the garlic, as we had other things that took priority, like putting the kayaks away, and raking/mowing some more leaves, and putting hoses away, etc. Sigh. Maybe this week. I did start working on the garlic bed though. Bunny berries, eh? I love that idea!

  5. kitsapfg Says:

    What a wicked early (and heavy) winter storm you all got! I sure hope it returns to fall for a while before getting truly serious about being winter.

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