Winter has come on with a vengeance the past few weeks, and the bitter cold is here. Unfortunately, it seems that this winter is going to be just as bad, if not worse, than last year.
We bundled up this morning to head out to do some errands.
We are supposed to be heading to Alabama on Friday morning, but I am a bit worried that Old Man Winter is going to do his best to see that things don’t go as planned. From weather.com:
… WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY TO 3 PM CST FRIDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY TO 3 PM CST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
A WINTER STORM WILL GATHER STRENGTH OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS ON THURSDAY… THEN TRACK ACROSS NORTHERN MISSOURI… REACHING NORTHERN INDIANA BY FRIDAY MORNING. WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL DEVELOP DURING THE MID EVENING HOURS ON THURSDAY AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF INLAND EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON… BUT LAKE EFFECT SNOW MAY CAUSE ACCUMULATING SNOW TO LINGER THROUGH THE DAY NEAR THE LAKE.
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. ADDITIONAL LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS MAY RESULT FROM LAKE EFFECT LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE… WHICH WOULD RESULT IN SNOWFALL RATES EXCEEDING 2 INCHES AN HOUR.
IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY SNOW… STRENGTHENING EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH… WITH HIGHER GUSTS… WILL PRODUCE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON.