Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Considerable Variation Among Forecasters for Two-Round Snow Event

Today, and particularly tomorrow, will provide a stiff test for Boston weather prognosticators. Most agree that the first round today will be essentially all snow (and relatively light and fluffy at that) and the second round will feature a degree of mixing. However, some forecasters think today's snow will be the bigger snowfall while others think tomorrow's storm will be the bigger hitter.

"Really? I have more of this to deal with?"
WBZ is the most bullish on total snow, predicting 15-20 inches when all is said and done on Thursday. WBZ expects snow from Round 2 to be more than Round 1; WHDH has the reverse. This appears to be both a tough storm scenario to predict and a tough scenario for weather observers to determine exactly what's being predicted.

As of Tuesday morning, here's how the area's forecasters saw the 2-round monster:

WHDH (4): Round 1: 7-10, Round 2: 3-5
WCVB (5): Round 1: 4-8, Round 2: 4-8
WBZ/Accuweather (2):Round 1: 4-8, Round 2: 9-12 (Total 15-20)
FOX25: 10-12 total
National Weather Service: 4-8 inches Tuesday; 1-3 Tuesday night; 4-6 Wed.
NECN (6): Round 1: 6 inches. Two-storm totals of 12-18 inches

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