The graphic above is what I call the Friday night roundup:
WHAT'S CHANGED ABOUT STORM PROJECTIONS: As you would expect, computer models have diverged from their earlier agreement on the storm's track and intensity. The most significant trend which developed on Friday in regarding to the outcome on Tuesday and Wednesday is a much more northerly track...which would expand the region of heavy snow. Consider the current spread among these 4 different models: Upper left is the JMA, upper right is the Euro, lower right is the GFA, and lower left the UKMet. What trends do you see? If you want a larger version, click on the map to go to flickr and enlarge as needed.
If you have airline travel plans departing or coming to the Mid-Atlantic region, I hope by Monday afternoon you are either arrived or well on your way out of here if you want to avoid flight delays and cancellations. If you are traveling by bus or car, I recommend planning to reach your destination by Monday evening at the latest if you want to avoid being caught in a winter nightmare on Tuesday morning. Having driven 8 hours at 30 mph near-blizzard conditions of the February 2003 storm, it's an experience I would not wish on anyone. Lastly, here's a picture of the Pennsylvania turnpike at the height of the storm on Sunday morning, 2/16/03.
In conclusion, perhaps you'd like to know the backstory of the headline. All the scenes in that movie involving the character of Chick with his little boy and wife always choke me up, every time I see it. For those of you whom have not seen this movie, you should rent it during Kahuna # 1, the science is a little off, but the overall theme is inspiring. The first series of scenes is when Chick, who is about to embark on the historic mission to save Earth from an asteroid impact, visits the home of his wife from whom he is separated, to say that he is sorry for the pain he's caused her in the past. The little boy comes to the door and asks "Who's that man?" The mother replies, "That man's a salesman, now go inside." Then he says that great line which is today's heading, and leaves behind a little Space Shuttle for the boy. Later, when Chick is seen by network news boarding the Shuttle, the boy sees this, and says "Mom, that salesman is on TV!" followed by the mother saying, "That's not a salesman, that's your Daddy." The final scene of the movie that always gets me is when the Space Shuttle crew is walking down the tarmac, it looks as though no one will come out to welcome Chick home from the mission, and then... around the corner comes running this cute little boy right into his arms. (wiping tears) Now as the father of two sweet little girls, this particular scene has special meaning for me more than it ever did. The point of this essay is to say that if our big storm pans out to everyone's expectations, and Mother Nature gives you some extra time at home, I hope you will take advantage of that time to let your family, or friends or those close to you know how much they mean to you.