Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Morning Weather: Icy, Windy and Cold

Noon Update:

Other than a few flurries this afternoon the snow is done.  Visibility has been gradually improving through the morning but the winds remain strong.  Temperatures are only in the low teens and wind chills remain near -10°.  Strong west and northwest winds will continue through the afternoon keeping the threat for blowing snow during the evening commute.  Untreated roads and surfaces will remain ice covered and slick.  Temperatures tonight drop close to 2° with wind chills near -15°.

The rain Monday evening quickly changed to snow with big, heavy and wet snowflakes which accumulated on grassy surfaces and roadways.  Now this morning the back edge of low pressure is moving through the western Great Lakes with an additional half an inch falling earlier this morning.  Snowfall is beginning to wind down, however, the winds will remain strong through the morning and afternoon.  Light snow/flurries will continue through Noon before cloudy skies take us into the evening.

Visibility has been reduced to less than a mile as the light snow has been blowing around and untreated roads are ice and snow covered which will make travel this morning very slow and difficult.  Please allow yourself extra time this morning.  Winds will remain gusty throughout the afternoon and even into the evening.  Even though a half an inch to an inch of snow has fallen the strong winds will take the snow on the ground and continue to blow it around on the roads.  Slick conditions will continue into tonight.

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