In Greek mythology Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, and other lofty ideals. Huh! The Weather Channel began for the first time naming winter storms this year, and while Athena is technically a basic Nor’easter, coming as she is on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, and so early in the winter storm season, doesn’t seem wise or civilized at all.
What to expect? The National Storm Prediction Center has issued an advisory for heavy snow, possibly at rates of more than one inch per hour for later this afternoon. Snow will continue overnight, perhaps amounting to between three and six inches by morning, or maybe mixing with rain. Winds may gust to 30 to 40 mph inland. Temps will stay in the low 30s, with some areas below 30 overnight. (Maybe now, if you are still without power, is the time to stop insisting it’s “not so bad” sleeping in a cold house, and take up the offers of warm beds elsewhere.)
As we all know only too well, snow accumulating on wires and on trees that are still leafed out spells trouble. PSE&G has already said winds and storm conditions may seriously hinder or delay power restoration.
Think we have it bad? Shore areas, already battered and shattered by Sandy, will probably get heavy rain, maybe snow overnight, and winds up to 65 mph. There have already been mandatory evacuations in some coastline towns.
In a press conference late this morning, Governor Christie said we may be looking at…wait for it…additional power outages and — really — the loss of power that was already restored in some areas.
Happy Wednesday, Baristaville.