Thursday, February 24, 2011

Everyone Talks About The Weather...

This morning I checked the weather report.  It didn't seem to be too bad considering that this is February.

Mostly cloudy. Snow likely early...then a chance of snow rain this afternoon. Accumulation an inch or less. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds 10 mph or less...becoming west. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.


Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow in the evening...then steadier snow overnight. Additional accumulation 2 to 3 inches. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds...becoming northeast 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 80 percent.

Just as I planned to click away from the forecast, I noticed a red weather alert.  I clicked on it and discovered:

Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 3:42 AM EST on February 24, 2011
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late tonight through

Friday afternoon...
A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late tonight through

Friday afternoon.
* Locations... all of western and north central New York.
* Timing... from late Thursday night through Friday mid afternoon.
* Hazards... heavy wet snow.
* Accumulations... potential for 6 to 10 inches.
* Winds... northeast 10 to 20 mph... becoming northwest and increasing

to 15 to 30 mph Friday afternoon.
* Visibilities... to near one quarter mile possible in heavier

* Temperatures... near freezing at first... falling slowly into

the 20s.
* Impacts... a slow Friday morning commute.
* Forecaster confidence... high confidence in some locations in the

watch area receiving up to 10 inches of snow. Some uncertainty

remains as to where the axis of heavier snowfall will fall.
Precautionary/preparedness actions...
A Winter Storm Watch means that heavy snow and/or ice

accumulations are possible. If you are within the watch area...

remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of

weather information for the latest updates. Additional details

can also be found at www.Weather.Gov/Buffalo.

Which is it, NOAA?  Just snow showers and little accumulation or the possibility of 10"?  I guess we just have to sit back and wait and see.