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Stuck in Boston - snow's a coming

  • 28-01-2022 4:19pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭

    Am over in Boston for work and was due to fly out Saturday evening, but the approaching snow storm has been ramping up over the last few days such that yesterday flights got cancelled for Sat. So decided to stay here until Sunday evening and ride it out. Give snow rarely delivers to near the Wicklow coast, I'm hoping to see how it's done properly.

    Any of you clever forecasting folk have a view on what's likely to happen tomorrow in north west Boston (Burlington)?


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,489 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how

    I know you aren't asking for advice in particular, but have you been in the midst of a similar snow storm before? Do you have clothing for it?

    Sit tight and wait for it to pass isn't a bad plan. They're very good to clear roadways, public paths etc but don't get caught in the wrong place in the wrong clothing just because you were interested in going out to have a look.

    If you do have a vantage point over I95, expect to see the synchronized snow ploughs in action which are impressive to see.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,046 ✭✭✭silver2020

    I think that you are obligated to clear snow from the path outside your house - many people pay an annual fee to a company that will do this.

    Because it snows every winter they are used to it and unless it is exceptional event it won't have too much interruption

    Enjoy it

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭BigMoose

    Advice is welcome as when I left Ireland there was no snow in the forecast so dont have the right clothes! But the hotel is right next to a mall and am stocking up on essentials this ev (alcohol) to consume in the hotel. But not sure what local business will manage to operate tomorrow but assume they're pretty good at clearing snow so can at least get to the mall and the airport will be working by Sunday ev.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,938 ✭✭✭mcburns07

    Forecast is for it to be exceptional 😁 1.5 - 2 foot widely with strong winds resulting in blizzard contains (actual blizzard not blizzard 😂)

    Enjoy it BigMoose, you might never experience anything like it again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,325 ✭✭✭esposito

    Yeah looks like this could be an exceptional snowstorm for Boston and possibly even New York. Enjoy it and post some pics here if you can!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 147 ✭✭Niall145

    Must be nice being in a place with actual weather (unlike Ireland)

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,489 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how

    double post

  • Posts: 1,263 ✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    Hunker down in a Dunkin' Donuts. You should be within twenty feet of one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,489 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how

    If you don't have suitable clothes, don't even think about going out unless it's clear that the worst of the snow is gone and it wasn't as bad as expected.

    They're very good to clear roads/pavements etc but they really only start doing pavements once they know it is about to stop so even if you see clear roads, don't be too confident that you can just go for a walk. I would be expecting to not leave the hotel at all tomorrow and plan accordingly with respect to provisions.

    If you want to pick up clothing at a decent price, try Marshalls which has a store in Burlington.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,222 ✭✭✭✭banie01

    CNN reporting 3' of snow likely, with fall rate of 2" to 3" per hour sustained for 2 days at least.

    Advice is don't drive, don't travel and to hunker down and stay safe.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭BigMoose

    Thanks all - I'll try and take a few pics and am hoping for a real blizzard compared to a boards one 😁

    I dont plan on venturing far from the hotel until paths are cleared, but will step outside for a pic or two. The notifications I'm getting here are saying it should stop by midnight sat/sun, so hopefully things will be clear enough for flights by late Sunday evening and the roads drivable to get to the airport.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,297 ✭✭✭✭Rikand

    I envy you ☺️

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,226 ✭✭✭✭Supercell

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭BigMoose

    I can't work out how to post videos, so here's a photo from about an hour ago. it wasn't too bad here then, but the wind has really picked up since I came upstairs to post so will venture to the door for some more shortly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,778 ✭✭✭✭Discodog

    The BBC were saying that there will be a rapid warming, after the snow. Suggestions of a flood risk.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,049 ✭✭✭aidanodr

    Watch Ryan Hall LIVE youtube channel for such events. He has Good few pro storm chasers out and about also.

    Temps MINUS 8 and dropping in NY/Mass area. Winds of 50mph + gusts up to 90. 50K+ houses w/o power and rising

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,913 ✭✭✭Danno

    What are the temperatures there?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭BigMoose

    AccuWeather said about -9 now - I dont understand Fahrenheit so ignore whatever the local news is saying!

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,229 ✭✭✭✭M.T. Cranium

    From reports on weather forum in US, areas north of Boston (where Burlington MA is located) had 30-40 cm, the city more like 50-60 and some areas south of the city 60-75 cm. It's pretty much done now and things will probably be back to almost normal even at the airport which had a record amount of snow (for one calendar day). Very cold and windy but turning milder in stages over the coming days, some of the snow may melt before it turns cold again and more snow arrives.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,489 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how

    Hope you've sunglasses if going out for a walk today. The snow everywhere and intense sunlight is v glaring.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭BigMoose

    Went to downtown Boston before dropping a colleague off at the airport a few hours before coming back for my flight and yes, could have done with sunglasses! Was amazed that all major roads were cleared by morning and once you'd shovelled the car out of the snow, driving was fine.

    Yes, 30cm was about right for Burlington but didn't have to drive far to see where they'd had more.

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