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“Paralyzing Blizzard?” “Hurricane-Like Snow Storm?”

As I write this, there is yet another flurry of warnings being issued throughout the Northeast. Depending on what station you listen to or what site you check, you may be on tap for a “Paralyzing Blizzard,” or “Hurricane-Like Snow Storm,” or you may be under a “Winter Weather Watch.” It’s amazing to see how many adjectives can be associated with winter weather.

While the Farmers’ Almanac didn’t use the “B” word (blizzard) again, we did forewarn of a stormy end to February and stormy beginning to March. The Farmers’ Almanac’s exact predictions for the Northeast for the remainder of the month are: “February 20th-23rd:  snowstorm sweeps in from west; heaviest accumulations in upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire. 24th-28th. Fair, then unsettled. March 1st-3rd. Wet, then clear and cold. Wet snow northern New York New England. Snow and/or rain farther south.” Yuck.

This winter has been an extremely wild one. In Maine, colleagues of the Farmers’ Almanac are reporting green grass and some signs of spring. Yet further south, we’re in “blizzard mode.” Mother Nature may have her map upside down.

Whatever the next few days bring, stay safe and warm. And while you may want to make sure you take precautions and have flashlights and batteries ready just in case you lose power, I’ll also wish you luck if you decide to head to he grocery store, especially if you’re in the “Hurricane —Like Snow Storm” area.

Think spring.

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