Friday, February 24, 2012

Winter has returned

After a couple of false starts, it looks metro Detroit is getting a respectably severe winter storm. As the Detroit Free Press reports, Weather service issues winter storm warning: 5-8 inches of snow from Detroit up through Thumb.
The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a winter storm warning for southeast Michigan tonight into Friday morning, projecting 5-to-8-inch accumulations in a swath of southeast Michigan stretching from Detroit up through the Thumb and across to Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
The snow should begin falling between 9 p.m. and midnight tonight, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Richter said.

“The heaviest will be in the overnight, sometime between midnight and 6 a.m., and it’ll continue to snow lightly through the morning hours,” Richter said. “There will be some impact during the morning commute.”

Totals could be anywhere from four inches around downtown Detroit to double that near Flint, he added. Winds gusting to 30 m.p.h. on Friday may lead to snow blowing and drifting, the Weather Service said.

“It looks like the further south you go, you’ll have a little bit lower amounts,” Richter said. “North-central Oakland County into Flint, you could see some places push 8 inches or so.”
WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids shows the Winter Storm Warning area for all of Michigan, although their segment concentrates on the other side of the state.

Snowy, rainy mix moving in, Bill Steffen said.

This is just a slightly above average storm in a normal winter, but it's the largest one we've had so far. Fortunately, the local road commissions are ready for it, as the Free Press article mentions.
Road crews have been busy today putting down salty brine water on roads as a preemptive strike against icy conditions during the morning commute, Road Commission of Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson said today.
WXYZ has more about how the local county road commissions are preparing.

Counties prep for winter weather

Yes, everyone is ready, but I'm still glad that I'm on mid-Winter break starting today and don't have to drive into work in the morning. It doesn't look like it would be any fun. Besides, if it's bad enough, the college might be closed anyway.

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