Another Snowbomb is headed our way, timed to white-out another Washington weekend:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
245 PM EST WED FEB 3 2010
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS…THIS STORM IS LIKELY TO PRODUCE 12 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH AREA…WITH A GOOD CHANCE FOR LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OVER 20 INCHES.
* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE MORNING
FRIDAY…CONTINUING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
* TEMPERATURES…HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S FRIDAY. FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…TEMPERATURES WILL BE 25 TO 30 DEGREES.
* WINDS…EAST 5 TO 10 MPH FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT…BECOMING NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH SATURDAY.
THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE SIMILAR TO THE DECEMBER 19TH STORM. PLAN FOR SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTIONS TO TRAVEL FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
Not that we much care in general about how wintry weather adversely impacts the travel arrangements of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Flightless Fowl are scheduled to play in Montreal at 2:00 Saturday afternoon. By about 6:00 Saturday evening, when the Pens probably expect to be boarding an airplane for D.C., we in Washington could already be buried under a foot or more of snow. It’d be easy to imagine all of our airports closed then — most particularly as blizzard conditions are forecast to set in on us Saturday.
Should this forecast come true, how do you imagine the Penguins arriving in D.C. for Super Sunday’s noon faceoff at Verizon Center? It seems unimaginable that the league would push the game to an evening start, smack during the middle of the Super Bowl, to try and accommodate the Pens’ travel. Then there’s the NBC national broadcast of the game to be considered. And how do you imagine Metro might run early on Sunday? (Don’t.) Unless all of these weathermen and women get this one seriously wrong — and that does happen on occasion — it’s difficult to imagine Sunday’s game facing off.
And with the snow forecast to begin falling early on Friday, is that night’s game here against Atlanta imperiled?