Monday, January 31, 2011

Wished I lived in Chicago this week...

Blizzard Watch
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
354 AM CST MON JAN 31 2011

...DANGEROUS MULTIFACETED AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING WINTER
STORM TAKING AIM ON REGION...

...BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...

* TIMING...SNOW WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY AND BECOME HEAVY AT
TIMES SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80 TUESDAY AFTERNOON...GRADUALLY
SPREADING NORTH INTO NORTHERN ILLINOIS BY TUESDAY EVENING.
SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY MORNING. SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE NEAR LAKE MICHIGAN
IN NORTHEAST LLINOIS WEDNESDAY MORNING...SHIFTING INTO NORTHWEST
INDIANA DURING THE AFTERNOON. NORTHEAST WINDS OF 25 TO 40 MPH
WITH STRONGER GUSTS WILL RESULT IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
DEVELOPING TUESDAY EVENING AND CONTINUING THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT
HOURS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN EXCESS OF A FOOT ARE
EXPECTED OVER MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. LOCALIZED TOTALS IN EXCESS OF 18
INCHES ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY NEAR THE LAKE.


* HAZARDS...WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED AT TIMES TUESDAY
NIGHT AS VERY HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS RESULT IN BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS. SNOWFALL RATES OF AT LEAST 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR
ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY WITH ANY THUNDERSTORMS THAT OCCUR.

* IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL RAPIDLY DETERIORATE FROM NORTH TO
SOUTH ACROSS THE REGION TUESDAY AFTERNOON...WITH TRAVEL LIKELY
BECOMING VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES TUESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY
WEDNESDAY MORNING. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL SO HEAVILY AT TIMES
TUESDAY NIGHT THAT PLOWS WILL BE UNABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE
SNOW...WITH MANY SIDE STREETS AND UNTREATED ROADS BECOMING
IMPASSABLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND
BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES.
THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY
DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING.

1 comment:

  1. trust me, you don't blizzards in the midwest are nasty.. drifts in the 78 blizzard were over the power lines. Thats not fun, and dangerous.

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