Bracing for Nemo

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

I’ve been an employee with The Weather Channel for nearly two full winters, but before this week, I had never covered a blizzard.

Enter Winter Storm Nemo.

The meteorologists in the building have been worried about this storm for days. It’s a “classic nor’easter,” as they say, and that means a lot of snow for the Northeast. It also means I finally get to experience true winter storm coverage — we’ve had winter storms, but it’s been a while since the last crippling blizzard in the Northeast that dropped comical snow totals.

How comical? Check this out:

Now, one of two things could happen on Friday. We could have people heed the warnings, or we could have one of the most populated regions in the country try to beat the storm home after a half-day of work and get stranded on a highway that turns into a tragic event. If the first option happens, we’ll have a 36-hour period that breaks records (if it lives up to expectations), but won’t leave too much destruction behind. If the latter happens, however, all bets are off.

Here’s hoping the 23 million people currently under a blizzard warning take the situation seriously and enjoy a long weekend.

(Photos: Aftermath of an EF3 tornado in Adairsville)

A warning to those in the path of the storm: warm waters are allowing the storm to get stronger than expected. That might lead to higher snowfall accumulations and widespread hurricane-force wind gusts. Either way, the storm will arrive quickly — conditions won’t steadily deteriorate, they’ll get really awful in a hurry.

So, be safe as we track what could be one of the worst blizzards the area has seen in the last century.

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4 thoughts

  1. I live in the Midwest and we have had our share of winter storms over the years. We’ve learned to respect the storm. One year we had snow above the roof tops for a month. It was a miserable winter on the roads. I hope people heed the warning and don’t take any chances on the roads. I’ve driven icy, sno-packed roads for years but I still lost control a couple years ago and went for a long slide. It happens so fast the best of drivers can’t avoid it and not only that you have to depend on everyone else to drive sensibly which isn’t always the case. God Bless–By the way do you like the naming of snowstorms? The only place I hear the names is on the Weather Channel. They never mention it on local weather. So I wonder if it will stick or just be a passing fancy. Seems weird to name a snow storm but maybe that is because I have been in so many.:)

    • Thanks for the comment. I do like the idea to name storms because in the age of social media, having a name for a major weather event just makes it easier to refer to. Plus, we run out of names like “Snowmageddon” pretty quickly!

    • Yes I see what you mean–about the names for winter storms–we always just referred to them as “the big snow of ’79’ things like that. So it will be interesting to see if the names catch on. This one certainly may well be remembered–name and all. It will no doubt have a personality all its own. God Bless

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