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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