In New England, we are accustomed to measuring each storm by the amount of snow it will drop, but the true measure of a storm should encompass more than just snowfall amounts, it should measure how the upcoming storm is going to IMPACT you.
The WBZ Weather team has designed the iScale, which will help you plan ahead and be better prepared before the first flakes fly.
The iScale values will differ from region to region, since the forecast can vary across our area. Here are the factors considered:
There is a big difference between snow falling during a commute and snow on the weekends.
If you have to clear your own driveway, by shovel or by snowblower, you know that a light fluffy snow is a lot easier to take than a heavy, wet, cement-like snowfall. Just a small amount of ice can also wreak havoc on the roadways and on your front steps.
The dreaded snowfall accumulation map.
Wind & Power Outages
Typically, wind speeds greater than 35mph are going to cause problems no matter what season you are in, many times leading to power outages as well.
Many times this factor alone can be the difference between a minor event or a major one where life and property are at risk.
There can and will be vast differences in impact within just a few miles, therefore, each community and section of Southern New England will be assessed and placed in an impact category of Low, Moderate, High or Severe. Below are some general guidelines and example scenarios.