Blizzard flag

There’s a blizzard warning up for our neighborhood come Sunday. I feel badly for R., who spent the day after a hospital stay plowing in blizzard conditions last weekend, and must be thinking about doing it again. He generally knows the storm is coming long before the rest of us. Here’s the broadcast transcript from the NWS:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
425 PM EST FRI FEB 15 2013

MEZ002-005-006-011-015>017-029>032-161015-
/O.COR.KCAR.BZ.A.0001.130217T1100Z-130218T0800Z/
NORTHEAST AROOSTOOK-NORTHERN PENOBSCOT-SOUTHEAST AROOSTOOK-
CENTRAL PENOBSCOT-SOUTHERN PENOBSCOT-INTERIOR HANCOCK-
CENTRAL WASHINGTON-COASTAL HANCOCK-COASTAL WASHINGTON-
SOUTHERN PISCATAQUIS-NORTHERN WASHINGTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PRESQUE ISLE...CARIBOU...VAN BUREN...
MARS HILL...MILLINOCKET...EAST MILLINOCKET...PATTEN...MEDWAY...
HOULTON...HODGDON...SHERMAN...SMYRNA MILLS...LINCOLN...HOWLAND...
SPRINGFIELD...BANGOR...BREWER...ORONO...OLD TOWN...AMHERST...
AURORA...DEDHAM...EASTBROOK...GREAT POND...ORLAND...DEBLOIS...
GRAND LAKE STREAM...MEDDYBEMPS...PEMBROKE...PERRY...PRINCETON...
ELLSWORTH...BAR HARBOR...BLUE HILL...EASTPORT...MACHIAS...
CHERRYFIELD...DOVER-FOXCROFT...MILO...GUILFORD...DANFORTH...
VANCEBORO...TOPSFIELD
425 PM EST FRI FEB 15 2013

...BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CARIBOU HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATIONS...NORTHEAST...EAST CENTRAL AND DOWNEAST MAINE.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...POTENTIALLY RANGING FROM 4 INCHES OF SNOW OVER
  FAR NORTHEAST MAINE UPWARDS TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS SOUTHEAST
  DOWNEAST MAINE.

* TIMING...SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MOST OF SUNDAY NIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES...13 TO 26.

* WINDS...NORTH 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 TO 55 MPH...WITH
  THE STRONGER WINDS AND WIND GUSTS IN PROXIMITY TO THE DOWNEAST
  COAST.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...POTENTIALLY HIGH TO EXTREME...WITH SEVERE BLOWING AND
  DRIFTING SNOW POSING THE GREATEST HAZARD WITH THIS EVENT RATHER
  THAN HEAVY SNOW RATES AND VERY DEEP ACCUMULATION WITH FALLING
  SNOW. SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVELING
  CONDITIONS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL LIKELY CAUSE FREQUENT
  WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WITH VISIBILITY NEAR ZERO.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES.
THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY
DANGEROUS. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE
SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL
DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CAR.

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