Just a quick post this morning to make sure everyone’s aware…
There’s a high wind watch this weekend, just issued a few hours ago for all of eastern PA, northern MD, all of DE and NJ into New England:
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
528 AM EST FRI FEB 13 2015
…A POSSIBLY DAMAGING HIGH WIND EVENT COULD OCCUR SATURDAY NIGHT
…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING
THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…
* WINDS…NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.
* TIMING…THE HIGHEST WINDS SHOULD OCCUR LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
INTO SUNDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS…BE PREPARED FOR POWER OUTAGES… POSSIBLY LASTING FOR
MORE THAN 24 HOURS. TREES AND TREE LIMBS WILL BE KNOCKED DOWN.
MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES IS POSSIBLE. DO NOT PARK
VEHICLES WHERE TREES CAN FALL ON THEM. MAKE SURE ALL CELL PHONE
AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE FULLY CHARGED. IF YOU HAVE
GENERATORS… PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ARE WORKING PROPERLY AND
PROPERLY VENTILATED. EXPECT BRIDGE RESTRICTIONS.
* SNOW…TWO TO FOUR INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED SATURDAY AFTERNOON
INTO SATURDAY NIGHT. A BURST OF ONE TO TWO INCHES OF SNOW
WITHIN AN HOUR IS POSSIBLE AROUND DINNER TIME SATURDAY. THE
WIND WILL CAUSE SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING PROBLEMS.
* WIND CHILLS…AROUND 10 BELOW ZERO ON SUNDAY MORNING.
Here’s the 6z GFS wind gust forecast for this time period:
There will be anywhere from 2 to as much as 6 or 7 inches of snow late Saturday into Saturday night, followed by very gusty winds, as high as 60-65 mph, as you can see above. This will cause widespread blowing and drifting of any snow that does fall, and more importantly, possible power outages, with temperatures in the 0-15 degree range, and and wind chills well below zero. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this could be a big problem.
So make sure you have an alternate heat source other than electricity, or if not, make arrangements to stay with someone who does have one, just in case. Fill all your vehicles with gas, and charge all cell phones. Make sure generators work and there’s gas for them. If you do need to leave your home due to power loss, shut off the water and open all spigots in an attempt to prevent pipe bursts. Hopefully there won’t be widespread outages and it won’t come to that, but better safe than sorry. Regardless, it will be getting dangerously cold starting tomorrow.
And anyone planning to travel up towards Boston or Maine, my advice is not to. They will have the same conditions except with 1 to as much as 3 feet of snow, particularly along the coast of Maine.
More as warranted and as we get closer…