It’s a blizzard. A hurricane blizzard. It’s a blizzacane!
One thing I miss about living on the East Coast is the enjoyment of watching snow fall. I’m hopeful that every single person from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and surrounding states has a video camera ready. I plan to spend all day Friday watching YouTube footage of this ridiculous hurricane blizzard. I’ll give 5 stars to anyone who is actually brave enough to get out in the storm (on foot, don’t even consider driving), and stellar comments to anyone who devises a safe sail-sled of sorts!
Technically, it’s not a hurricane you’re dealing with–it’s a pissed off Nor’Easter. A storm expected to deliver straight, hard winds and gusts at over 70 mph for several hours. It is supposed to work itself into a lather tomorrow, and forecasters are predicting up to 15 inches of snow in the heaviest hit areas. Surroundings areas could expect as much as 13 inches–the storm is forecast to continue into Friday.
From satellite imagery this storm is loaded with kick-to-the-crotch potential, and will more than likely present the same wind force as a Category 1 hurricane. Winds powerful enough to bring down trees, tear off roofing tiles, take down power lines and put anyone in a compromising position if they choose to drive in it. (Why am I getting a strong mental image of a “blizzard be damned,” NYC cabbie?)
Also similar to a hurricane is the impossibility of forecasting the track of the storm, and of course, the inevitable coastal flooding that will result near beach towns and local islands.
NY/NJ Port Authority has already begun to cancel flights, so it might be a good time to stock up on some staples if you’re in an area that will be affected. And finally, a word to/from the wise: Don’t be stupid. You probably weren’t made to thrive in such an environment. Stay in. Watch movies. Pop popcorn.