This just out from the NWS:
***WINTER STORM WATCH***
...SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDNESDAY...
LOW PRESSURE WILL RACE OUT OF TEXAS ON TUESDAY...SPREADING SNOW ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
THIS WATCH INCLUDES ALL OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND EXCEPT FOR CAPE COD ...NANTUCKET ...MARTHAS VINEYARD ...AND BLOCK ISLAND.
SNOW WILL DEVELOP BETWEEN 3 AND 6 AM WEDNESDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM. SNOW WILL THEN DIMINISH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
THE SNOW MAY MIX WITH SLEET OR RAIN IN PARTS OF RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS...AND MAY COMPLETELY CHANGE TO RAIN FOR A TIME ALONG THE SOUTH COAST. WHERE THIS OCCURS...IT WILL CAUSE LOWER SNOW ACCUMULATIONS.
A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE POTENTIAL OF ACCUMULATING SNOW OF 6 OR MORE INCHES IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD...OR 8 OR MORE INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD WINTER WEATHER
I still have a good foot of ice encrusted snow in my backyard and the roads are still too shaky for riding (IMHO based on my survey of local roads as I drove around town last Thur/Fri). How much will we have on the ground after Wednesday and how long will it be staying around?? This is really bumming me out after the last few mild winters sandwiched between seasons of sporadic riding! Oh well.
I'll end this sad (pathetic?) post on a positive note...because there is reason for a bit of optimism. The current extended outlook for temperature presented below is showing above average temperatures across the Northeast starting in the first week of February. This would mean temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. Could it be a February Thaw? Could be, but I don't plan on holding my breath!