help me understand winter storm warnings vs. regular forecast
February 4, 2014 7:42 AM Subscribe
Okay so I live north of NYC and commute to work in Manhattan daily. There is currently a winter storm warning in effect for the area that suggests we may be getting 5-8 inches of snow tonight, which will turn into a gross wintry mix in the morning. However, when I just look at the regular forecast (not the winter storm warning), it says 1-3 inches tonight, and wintry mix tomorrow. I'm trying to prepare for my commute tomorrow and I am lost. How do I reconcile these two pieces of information? Is it 1-3 inches, or 5-8 inches?
posted by thereemix to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Similarly, the forecast for the weekend says snow showers on Sunday, accumulation around 1-3 inches again. At the same time, people are work are talking about ANOTHER MAJOR STORM OMG that will bring another 5-8 inches that night. Again, wtf? What should I be preparing for? Why does weather.com tell me the snow won't be so bad and then the national weather service sends out advisories that make me think we're getting a Nor'easter? How am I supposed to make sense of any of this? Can anyone help me interpret what the weather is going to be? I know no one can predict the weather absolutely perfectly and accurately, but I am genuinely confused as to how there can be such a dramatic variability between advisories and forecasts. Help.