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Feb. 11, 2006

snoWatch: Dare to dream

by Christopher Consolino, Page Editor and Grace Harter, Page Editor
After a delightful spring January, the snow gods decided to get with the program and give us a taste of winter to kick off the Olympics. Too bad the games, and festive snow, start on a weekend. Still, it's time for another snoWatch, filled with the contractions and gratuitous helping of adjectives you know you love.

NOAA says: The suits over at the National Weather Service all agree: It's high time we got some snow. That said, NOAA has announced a 100 percent chance of one to two inches Saturday and a whopping six to ten inches Saturday night. As if it couldn't get any better, Sunday's high is above freezing. Why is melted snow good, you may ask? Because a Sunday low of 19 degrees is sure to make for some dangerously icy roads come Monday morning.

Weather.com says: For reasons we can't explain, the Weather Channel enjoys fostering false hopes in the na´ve hearts and minds of MCPS students. Adding to NOAA's already impressive predictions, Weather.com is predicting one to three inches Saturday and eight to twelve come Saturday night. These brash weathermen are also predicting a 17 degree low for Sunday night.

Broadcast media (we'll humor them) says: It's snowing in Arkansas, Philadelphia is expected to receive 13 inches of sleet and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New Yorkers are ready, and all this from the top story of the local forecast page. Is there anything NBC4 can't do?!

While we do find the above predictions to be rather scrumptious, it just happened to be raining, yes, raining at Blair just this morning. Fortunately, as of 2:30 p.m., there seems to be a fairly heavy snow coming down. The snow should begin to stick when the temperature drops and night approaches. If we do get a delicious six to ten inches (or eight to twelve if you want to jinx it) and our Sunday evening temperatures get down into the teens, we might be looking at a long overdue snow day.

With that said, here's our breakdown:

snoWatch predictions:
Chance of closure (Sunday): 100 percent
Chance of two-hour delay (Monday): 75 percent
Chance of closure (Monday): 25 percent


snoWatch question: According to ABC News, "Old Man Winter isn't ready to go into hibernation just yet." If Old Man Winter and Punxsutawney Phil were to throw down in the first Celebrity Deathmatch of 2006, who would emerge victorious?

Additional reporting by Pria Anand, who rooted against the Spice Girls in Celebrity Deathmatch: Deathbowl '98.



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  • Weatherperson (View Email) on February 11, 2006 at 3:42 PM
    NOAA has upped their initial predictions of 6 to 10 inches for tonight up to 7 to 11 inches. Eve 009&warncounty=MDC031&local_place1=Rockville&product1=Heavy+Snow+Warning for the full warning.
  • lol on February 11, 2006 at 4:09 PM
    Chance of closure (Sunday): 100 percent
  • brilliant! on February 11, 2006 at 4:47 PM
    AHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA
    that Hanson link is pure GENIUS!!
  • why on February 11, 2006 at 5:45 PM
    why are you soo infatuated with hanhan gracie-poo? oh right cause they are dreamy with a capital sigh.
  • sco lover <3 on February 11, 2006 at 11:28 PM
    1) minus a million points for mentioning hanson in this edition of snoWatch.
    2) plus a million points for taking a dig at broadcast media.

    i'd say snoWatch broke even today. good show.
  • mollie on February 12, 2006 at 12:50 AM
    i was always a fan of taylor hanson. not sure why. but WHY?! root against the spice girls?!
  • Louis Wasserman on February 12, 2006 at 10:03 AM
    15 1/4 inches in my driveway! w00t!
  • unhappy :( on February 12, 2006 at 10:08 AM
    yeah. what the hell is hanson doing in snowatch? never again.
  • 07 on February 12, 2006 at 11:13 AM
    8 1/2 in tkpk.

    lets go weast
  • Ben Green on February 12, 2006 at 11:27 AM
    We had thundersnow. I woke up at 5:00 AM (probably from the thunder) and saw near-whiteout conditions outside. We got at least a foot here.
  • * on February 12, 2006 at 11:55 AM
    has the chance of closure on monday changed? cuz i got at least a foot of snow here
  • (View Email) on February 12, 2006 at 12:19 PM
    Around 15 inches here in Germantown.
  • yeah on February 12, 2006 at 1:11 PM
    chance of closure Monday: 99% :) :)
  • Morbid Man on February 12, 2006 at 2:41 PM
    It's melting...
  • (View Email) on February 12, 2006 at 2:45 PM
    The amount of snow won't matter, they plowed even our neighborhood street already. It's the amount of water left on the road, and how well it freezes up that will determine if school's closed/delayed tommorrow.
  • ginger on February 12, 2006 at 3:31 PM
    Phil would win because Winter is old. As everyone knows, woodchucks (aka groundhogs) are generally unfriendly and rabid creatures. Also, doesn't Phil tell Winter whether or not he is allowed to stay on Feb 2?
  • YES!!! on February 12, 2006 at 4:30 PM
    We'll have school tomorrow!!! hooray!!!
  • Pratik on February 12, 2006 at 4:41 PM
    EMERGENCY MESSAGE: 2/11/2006 at 8:08 PM -- Refresh/Reload page to update message
    Montgomery County Public Schools are closed tomorrow, Monday, February 13, due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings also are canceled. All administrative offices are open.
  • how much wood could a woodchuc on February 12, 2006 at 4:46 PM
    if a woodchuck can throw a decent amount of wood, Old man winter would lose because he's only a bag of wind... but the old man has experience on his side... but i'd bet on phil
  • Bubbles on February 12, 2006 at 5:09 PM
    GAWSH!!! Why can't we have school tomorrow???
    I actually did all my homework.
  • Columbia is where it's at on February 12, 2006 at 6:38 PM
    22.8 inches. Beat that.
  • miss right on February 12, 2006 at 8:36 PM
    wrong, as always.
  • . . . . on February 12, 2006 at 11:21 PM
    Lol nice one bubbles (we all no who u are)
  • so on February 13, 2006 at 8:31 AM
    what about Tuesday
  • .... on February 13, 2006 at 11:18 AM
    I say 2 hour delay
  • nope on February 13, 2006 at 1:11 PM
    i am pretty sure we'll have normal school tmrw
  • t-pain on February 13, 2006 at 2:53 PM
    i'm sprung, but does anyone know if upcounty got hit as hard as columbia?
  • Freddy (View Email) on February 13, 2006 at 3:32 PM
    WOW! NO SCHOOL!
  • Bob on February 13, 2006 at 5:33 PM
    I say at least a two hour delay... parts of the county still have a lot of snow left.
  • :( on February 13, 2006 at 5:41 PM
    you guys fail
  • from the board on February 13, 2006 at 8:28 PM
    All Montgomery County Public Schools are scheduled to open on time on Tuesday, February 14, 2006.
  • t-pain on February 13, 2006 at 8:35 PM
    i'm in luv w/ a... oh never mind, but the mcps website says we're opening on time tomorrow.
  • annie on February 13, 2006 at 8:54 PM
    haha. i dig the scrumptious link. i also dig that we didn't have school today. nice feature, guys.
  • ankhi on February 13, 2006 at 10:07 PM
    what the heck is up with the scrumptious link? chris, you are so weird.
  • ankhi on February 13, 2006 at 10:08 PM
    what the heck is up with the scrumptious link? chris, you are so weird.
  • Freddy on February 13, 2006 at 11:46 PM
    Damn! I just read that we're opening on time tomorrow.I'm Still hoping that tomorrow at 5am, they gonna Say two hours delay.
  • elisabeth (View Email) on February 19, 2006 at 9:22 AM
    OH MY GOD GRACE YOU JUST HAD TO GET HANSON IN THERE SOMEHOW DIDN'T YOU? YOU JUST HAD TO!

    yeesh.
  • BRING SNOWATCH BACK! on February 7, 2007 at 6:16 PM
    Someone on SCO bring SNOwatch back! We desperately need it, especially with all these cloudy forecasts lately!!!
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