Here’s my weatherman’s secret. There’s less to predict during the summer than now. What I mean is, if I say rain you really don’t care how much. For snow you do.
The snow total has as much to do with cloud temperature as it does with moisture content. When Mother Nature sets her mind to it she can produce many feet of snow from a single inch of water. The fluffiest snow usually falls under conditions that produce a ground temperature near 15°F. That’s unusually cold for snow here.
The funny part is in the end the number of inches you get hardly matters as long as it’s over 2″ and under 8″. That’s the vast majority of storms here. Any storm in that range will produce virtually the same effect in difficulty of travel and closings.
The storm coming Tuesday evening will be a pain for a different reason. It’s likely to contain many different precipitation types, starting as snow and progressing through freezing rain and sleet to all rain. Phew. There will be mid-range snowfall accumulations inland with lesser amounts near the shore.
It’s that icy stuff that’s got me spooked.