OT: Blizzard Warning

Submitted by redwings8831 on February 1st, 2011 at 4:35 AM

The blizzard warning has been posted for most of southern/central Michigan. The weather channel is projecting 18-24 inches for southeast michigan and surrounding areas.

http://www.weather.com/weather/alerts/localalerts/48104:4?phenomena=BZ&…

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... BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* HEAVY SNOW... STRONG GUSTY WINDS... AND WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

* WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS WITH VISIBILITIES OF ONE-QUARTER OF MILE OR LESS DUE TO INTENSE SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW.

* QUICKLY ACCUMULATING SNOW AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL MAKE ROADS VERY HARD TO CLEAR.

* UNTREATED ROADS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY... SNOWPACKED... AND DANGEROUS.

* HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS MAY CAUSE POWER OUTAGES.

* WIND CHILLS BETWEEN 0 AND -5 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

* SNOW WILL SPREAD NORTH INTO SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN THIS EVENING AND BECOME HEAVY OVERNIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY.

* NORTHEAST WINDS WILL GUST TO 40 MPH TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING... CREATING AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW... AND WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

* THE HEAVIEST SNOW AND STRONGEST WIND GUSTS ARE EXPECTED TO COINCIDE BETWEEN 10 PM TONIGHT AND 10 AM WEDNESDAY.

* HEAVY STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 10 AND 15 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.

* WIND CHILLS BETWEEN 0 AND -5 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

* A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS... MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED... STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

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... WINTER STORM WILL BRING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...

.A DANGEROUS WINTER STORM WILL LIFT ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY... SPREADING HEAVY SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS INTO SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN. SNOW WILL BECOME INTENSE TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY... AS SNOWFALL RATES REACH 1 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR. VERY STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS WILL ALSO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH COMBINING WITH THE HEAVY SNOW TO CREATE WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS SOUTH OF A LINE FROM FREELAND TO BAD AXE. SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL ALSO BECOME LIKELY WITH THESE WINDS... HELPING TO CREATE AREAS OF NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY. FURTHER NORTH... WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SLIGHTLY LESS OVER MIDLAND AND BAY COUNTIES... WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH CREATING LESS WIDESPREAD ISSUES WITH BLOWING SNOW AND NEAR-ZERO VISIBILITIES. SNOWFALL AND WIND GUSTS WILL DECREASE IN INTENSITY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON... WITH SNOW TAPERING OFF DURING THE EARLY EVENING. STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF BETWEEN 8 AND 15 INCHES ARE LIKELY... WITH HIGHEST AMOUNTS ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE I-69 CORRIDOR. THOSE RESIDING IN OR PLANNING TRAVEL TO THIS REGION ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND CONDITIONS BEFORE ATTEMPTING NECESSARY TRAVEL TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... PREPARE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT TO TAKE WITH YOU.

Comments

bluebyyou

February 1st, 2011 at 6:44 AM ^

If they get anything close to 18-24 inches, classes will effectively be cancelled.  It is one thing to live in walking distance if you are a student; another thing to get there if you are a prof.  I don't know about Ann Arbor, but in many jurisdictions that much snow gets a snow emergency which requires that all but emergency personnel stay off the streets.

Feat of Clay

February 1st, 2011 at 2:52 PM ^

Mayhap they also recognize that if you give 24,000+ bright, restless, creative 18-22 year olds an unexpected day off, hijinks may ensue.  That goes double when there's a party store within a few blocks in any direction from campus.

Snowball fights!  Sledding!  Rock-painting!  Squirrel harrassment!  Malware written! Co-eds Impregnated!  Good god, anything could happen.

 

Clarence Beeks

February 1st, 2011 at 3:05 PM ^

This made me laugh.  Being from Michigan, I always laughed at southerners and their utter inability to function with anything more than half an inch of snow.  Now that I live in the south and lived through the mid-January storm, I'll be a lot less likely to ever make fun of them again.  Things you take for granted in Michigan when it snows (read: snow plows and salt trucks) just don't exist down here.  We got FOUR INCHES of snow at our house and, I kid you not, businesses were closed for THREE DAYS.  It seems silly until you realize that they have absolutely no equipment to deal with even a small amount of snow, so what happened was that the four inches of snow couldn't be removed from the road (remember: no snow plows) and was repetitively driven over until it was a solid sheet of ice (remember: no salt trucks).  Their only answer to the snow and ice was to wait until it got warm enough to melt (which finally happened on the fourth day).

Kal

February 1st, 2011 at 5:17 AM ^

I read this entire post very angrily and loud. Also, I'm glad I'm in India for the week, but MGoBlog is really boring when you're on 10 hours offset for EST.

MeijerWolverine

February 1st, 2011 at 11:22 AM ^

 

My girlfriend's a meteorologist... I'd like to see you use the multitude of charts, maps, graphs, etc that she looks at every day to produce an accurate forecast. to even begin forecasting snow, she's looked at the air's moisture content, the cloud layer, temperatures of the air masses, wind direction and strength, and indexes I cant explain.

MGoSoftball

February 1st, 2011 at 6:35 AM ^

I have the whole day planned.  I get up and look outside.  Call the boss and tell him that Im in the ditch.  Go back to bed.  Get up at 8 and check MGOBLOG to see if Jake announced.  If not, go back to bed.  Get up, drink coffee, watch ESPN, take nap.  Get up, go outside so shovel walk, come back in, take nap.  Get up, watch NSD special, go outside plow driveway, eat dinner.  At 8pm  check MGOBLOG to see if Jake announced yet.  Keep watching for Jake news.  Have beer, watch porn.  go to bed.  Get up on Thursday: if roads are not cleaned: Repeat.

Man I love the State of Michigan.

 

MGoSoftball

February 1st, 2011 at 12:19 PM ^

Looks like we are going to get hit "fo real". 

Per my MGoBlog brother's suggestion, I stopped at my favorite adult store and picked up some more, newly released, porn.   It could be a long day.

Maybe I will get lucky and my next door neighbor will stay home and I can "plow" her too.  She is so f'ing hot.  I love tomorrow and it isnt even here yet. yuk yuk yuk

 

Kal

February 1st, 2011 at 7:09 AM ^

"A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING"

 

Glad they clarified that, thought it meant we were getting free ice cream from Dairy Queen.

Desmonlon Edwoodson

February 1st, 2011 at 8:12 AM ^

For the love of God BRACE!!!  Studies have shown that the leading cause of death in a snowstorm is failure to brace...

 

In all seriousness, make sure your laptop and smartphone are charged, because we could lose power...oh and make sure you update your facebook status, because I dont know if I could survive without knowing what song you've been listening to for the last 10 minutes... 

MGoJen

February 1st, 2011 at 11:17 AM ^

I'm currently in Baltimore for work and was supposed to fly out Wednesday afternoon around 4:00. So far Delta has cancelled most of tonight's flights from BWI to DTW but my flight is still on.

I anticipate that changing relatively soon, though, and am planning on extending my hotel stay at least until Thursday.

goblue7612

February 1st, 2011 at 12:32 PM ^

I'm flying out of reagan and through atl. I actually got stranded in atl last night due to "bad weather" in dc. I think that was just the airline lying to me. I'm hoping I'm not stranded in atl again tomorrow or thurs. Luckily the university is paying for the extra hotel stays.