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Weather or Not: Winter Weather Advisory posted for Friday

Prior to flying to New England, The Weather Channel meteorologist posted a Twitter photo of himself holding a yard stick donated by fellow forecaster Paul Goodloe.

It's going to be that kind of weekend in the greater Boston area. Snow will be measured in feet, not inches.

While New England gets absolutely clobbered by what will probably be one of the most copious snow producers of all time for that region, the Mid-Atlantic will once again get mostly spared from the worst weather.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Frederick, Carroll and Baltimore Counties from 4 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday. Precipitation is expected to start as a period of snow, sleet and freezing rain before changing over to rain by mid-morning. This will prompt another agonizing call by school districts just one week after an inch of snow wreaked havoc on the morning commute.

Once the storm passes past the Mid-Atlantic, it is expected to rapidly strengthen and deliver 18-24 inches of snow to the greater Boston area. Blizzard watches and warnings have been posted due to the threat of significant blowing and drifting snow as tropical storm force wind gusts whip through the region. This will likely be a major-to-historic snow producer for Boston in particular.

The National Weather Service forecasts are quite lousy. Check it out:

Boston: 18-24 inches of snow. Wind gusts to 75 mph.

Providence, R.I.: 18-24 inches of snow. Wind gusts to 75 mph

New York: 10-14 inches of snow. Wind gusts to 45 mph

Augusta, Maine: 12-18 inches of snow. Wind gusts to 35 mph.

Trenton, N.J.: 6-10 inches of snow. Wind gusts to 35 mph.

Suddenly, an inch of slushy accumulation doesn't look so bad. For snow lovers who feel as though they are missing out, this winter is yet another sobering lesson for how many ingredients need to come into place for the Mid-Atlantic to receive a significant storm. Everything has to be just right. It is coming together perfectly for New England this time. Not here.