Originally Posted by qcanoe
We are in the classic New England "bad" pattern right now. Tonight it will be below zero F. for much of the state, with clear skies and radiational cooling. Wicked cold. Hard to imagine it possibly raining. Tomorrow the precipitation comes, starting as snow, but ultimately bringing a strong southerly flow with it. 36 hours out temps will be in the forties in many places and we will be back to rain on top of the new wet snow. Then right back in the deep freeze.
I call those "heartbreaker storms" because they lead you on, and then....
Back in the old days, back before cell phones and weatherbug everywhere, back when all real ski bars tuned the TV to The Weather Channel exclusively, it was easier to get fooled. About 30 years ago a co-worker and I went up from Boston to Vermont to sneak in a ski day before Christmas. We drove separately because he was going directly from there to his girlfriend's parents' house in New Jersey. It was a great day. It snowed heavily all day. We couldn't give that up.
At the end of the ski day, we found a bank of pay phones. I called Central Reservations to find a room, while he called his girlfriend to break the news that he wouldn't be spending Christmas Eve with her family. What could we do? It was absolutely puking snow. We went somewhere for happy hour (Weather Channel? check!) and then somewhere else for a long leisurely dinner. About 11 pm we walked out of the restaurant and it was raining. Hard.
My friend just looked at me and in a low voice said "Goodbye. I have to go to New Jersey" and drove away.