|NWS Headlines Saturday 3 PM|
|18z HRRR precip type/qpf Sat 7 PM- Sun 6 PM (image WeatherModels.com)|
How Much Snow/Ice/Precipitation?
|Expected Snow (via NWS Boston)|
|Expected Ice (via NWS Boston)|
In total, there will be 2-3" of precipitation with this system.
With all that liquid on the ground, a flash freeze will occur regionwide tomorrow evening. Any untreated surfaces will become skating rinks. Temperatures will drop into the single digits by Monday morning and will stay there. Wind chill temperatures on Monday will be below zero. It will be a miserable day to be outside.
Thank You NWS Employees
If you want me to just "stick to the weather", have a great day, thanks for reading! I have something I need to get off my chest and I'm getting political.
The National Weather Service is working without pay during this government shutdown. Yes, they will get back pay but a lot of people live paycheck to paycheck or pretty close. I feel for the younger employees like me, several of whom are friends of mine. I would not be able to run this blog without the products and messaging from the National Weather Service. During the duration of the government shutdown, I have not noticed any problems with NWS or the data they offer. It is a testament to their commitment to their job. They had to endure this hatchet piece from the Washington Post which ran for 11 days before someone finally published a correction. That correction was prompted by AccuWeather who wrote a rather tasteless, shameless promotion of their own product. AccuWeather's tone was bad, but when the well known and highly regarded WaPo writes a story like that, I'm not sure you can fault a private company for trying to capitalize/respond after an anonymous source told the WaPo, "You're forecast will suffer!"
The weather community rallied to the NWS's defense after the AccuWeather article. AccuWeather updated the story and made it softer. That is a good thing. As I stated above, all of the meteorology community relies on the public sector as the leading communicator for watches and warnings, as well as data for the GFS, NAM, HRRR and other weather models. There wasn't a need to kick them when they are down. However, there were crickets with a few minor exceptions, most notably Dr. Ryan Maue, after the WaPo hit piece.
AccuWeather's CEO Barry Myers stepped down on January 1 and has been nominated by President Trump to take over as the director of NOAA. AccuWeather has also rubbed people in the meteorological community the wrong way for it's 45 and 90-day forecasts, and issuing their own warnings to clients for tornadoes. The meteorological community is heavily slanted towards left-leaning folks, often with pressure from the academic climate change community. The vitriol towards AccuWeather came out this week. After silence on the WaPo story, a weather twitter mob swarmed upon the State College, PA based company. This tells me that folks in the weather community are okay with smearing the NWS if you blame in on the orange man in the White House. It shows that like everything else, meteorology is politicized. The AccuWeather piece has hurt some feelings, while the Washington Post article was downright harmful to the meteorological community and to the amount of faith people (or lack thereof) have in meteorologists to get the forecast right. It's a shame the reaction wasn't to call out the Post immediately after the article.This headline is still up -- and is quite unfortunate especially with the top-notch efforts by our (unpaid) National Weather Service staff.— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) January 18, 2019
The forecasts for this dangerous Winter Storm will not be worse! pic.twitter.com/7EhN1pSoyq
I'll do my absolute best to keep politics out of my blogs. Sometimes, I just can't.