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Winter Weather finally!

My weather radio just went off and scared the shit outta me. We have a mini-blizzard coming in Wed am-Thur am, 6-10 inches, gusts up to 40 mph, Lucas, Hancock, Wood counties and others in the area affected, worse around the Lake. Heaviest snow Wed pm. Wintry mix has already started here, pebbly snow, possibly freezing rain in some areas, slippery roads and obscured driving possible. Be careful out there!

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Snow on Christmas Eve!

Isn't life perfect sometimes?

posted by JohnnyMac on Dec 24, 2012 at 05:12:48 pm     #  

I'm delighted. I do wish, however, that those folks who have to travel over the next two days don't have too rough of a time. Its me and the hub, cozying up, with some good wine, the Christmas Eve buffet leftovers and no deadlines, tasks or other obligations. I'm on vacation until January 7th. Whew! Where's the corkscrew? And the neighbor kids phone number to shovel out the driveway? Let WINTER happen!!!

Merry Christmas Y'all!

posted by holland on Dec 24, 2012 at 08:54:00 pm     #  

Six inches? Say what?!

posted by GuestZero on Dec 24, 2012 at 11:35:05 pm     #  

typical scare, 4-6" take minimum and subtract 50% for lake Erie effect, and that's what you will get from state line along I75 to Pperrysburg.

posted by Linecrosser on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:57:26 am     #  

Who's scared. I have off till next Tues. It could dump 24" on us and I wouldn't care. :)

posted by lfrost2125 on Dec 25, 2012 at 07:38:45 am     #  

Yeah, they always tell you the worst it could possibly be, and we've all seen the Lake (or magic) split storms right around us, so I'm not expecting it to come true. Be fun and pretty, tho, and we need what little water it would bring. I work at home, so no bigs unless the power goes out, just a heads-up. :) Merry Christmas and Happy Similar Celebrations to all!

posted by nana on Dec 25, 2012 at 11:12:40 am     #  

Definitely some good news for you guys finally. I know many don't like to drive in it but a lot of businesses rely on the winter weather for income (snow removal, equipment sales, etc). This will definitely help them out a lot since they've been hurting for awhile.

Here is what the more models are spitting out for you guys. Keep in mind there is a margin of error with everything, so the tracks can shift 50-75 miles and throw the exactly alignment off a bit.

12Z NAM: http://wxcaster.com/gis-snow-overlays.php3?STATIONID=DTX

Generally 2-6" north of US 24 from Maumee to the IN Line. South of US 24 looking at 6-12"

12Z GFS: http://www.twisterdata.com/index.php?prog=forecast&model=GFS&grid=3&model_yyyy=2012&model_mm=12&model_dd=25&model_init_hh=12&fhour=48¶meter=SNOWIN&level=SURFACE&unit=none&maximize=n&mode=singlemap&sounding=n&output=image&view=large&archive=false

Fulton, Henry and Putnam counties and west look at 3-5" of snow. East of the area, including the city of Toledo, looks like generally 4-7" of snow.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:51:11 pm     #  

The snow amount by itself is no big deal. The problem will be the predicted strong winds, causing blowing and drifting snow. Only a couple inches of snow is a hassle in the open areas when it's accompanied by brisk winds. But it could be a heavy, wet snow on Wednesday afternoon.

Toledo's forecast:

Wednesday: Snow. Areas of blowing snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. Brisk with highs in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

Wednesday Night: Snow. Areas of blowing snow. Brisk with lows in the mid 20s. North winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

posted by jr on Dec 25, 2012 at 01:34:56 pm     #  

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/toledo-oh/43613/weather-forecast/18659_pc

From past storms, it seems AccuWeather is usually more accurate with snowfall predictions than the National Weather Service. Unofficial results. The NWS tends to err on the high side. But this time, AccuWeather's snowfall prediction for the Toledo area is similar to the NWS's prediction. AccuWeather predicts about six inches of snow for Toledo.

For the Weather Channel fans, this storm is named Euclid.

posted by jr on Dec 25, 2012 at 01:48:51 pm     #  

jr posted at 12:48:51 PM on Dec 25, 2012:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/toledo-oh/43613/weather-forecast/18659_pc

From past storms, it seems AccuWeather is usually more accurate with snowfall predictions than the National Weather Service. Unofficial results. The NWS tends to err on the high side. But this time, AccuWeather's snowfall prediction for the Toledo area is similar to the NWS's prediction. AccuWeather predicts about six inches of snow for Toledo.

For the Weather Channel fans, this storm is named Euclid.

AccuWeather more accurate? Now that's funny. :) Granted if you are comparing them to NWS Cleveland, I guess that can be accurate. They are a horribly unreliable and terribly inaccurate forecast office. North Webster, IN is by far the better office in the area up there, but unfortunately their coverage stops at Fulton County.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 25, 2012 at 02:47:16 pm     #  

Looking ahead, looks like additional chances for accumulating snow coming up...

Saturday/Sunday - Add'l 3-6" give or take.
Jan 3rd - Another Southern Plains storm moving NE.
Jan 6th - Clipper from the NW.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 25, 2012 at 02:53:45 pm     #  

Eastern sections of the Metro area are now under a Blizzard Warning for tomorrow, as well as Hancock County.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
241 PM EST TUE DEC 25 2012

.HEAVY SNOW WILL COMBINE WITH GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS TO CREATE
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER.

OHZ007>011-017>019-027-028-036-260345-
/O.CAN.KCLE.WS.W.0005.121226T1200Z-121227T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KCLE.BZ.W.0001.121226T1200Z-121227T1200Z/
OTTAWA-SANDUSKY-ERIE OH-LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-HANCOCK-SENECA-HURON-
WYANDOT-CRAWFORD-MARION-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PORT CLINTON...FREMONT...SANDUSKY...
LORAIN...CLEVELAND...FINDLAY...TIFFIN...NORWALK...
UPPER SANDUSKY...CAREY...BUCYRUS...MARION
241 PM EST TUE DEC 25 2012

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM WEDNESDAY TO 7 AM EST
THURSDAY...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM WEDNESDAY TO 7 AM EST
THURSDAY. THIS IN AN UPGRADE TO THE WINTER STORM WARNING WHICH WAS
PREVIOUSLY IN EFFECT.

  • ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW.
  • TIMING...SNOW WILL SPREAD NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA WEDNESDAY
    MORNING. HEAVY SNOW AND WIND GUSTS OF 35 MPH WILL CREATE
    BLIZZARD CONDITIONS DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM WEDNESDAY
    AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF FROM WEST
    TO EAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
  • WINDS...NORTHEAST 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.
  • IMPACTS...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS TRAVEL
    CONDITIONS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
    VISIBILITIES WILL BE NEAR ZERO AT TIMES. SOME ROADS MAY BE
    IMPASSIBLE FROM DRIFTING SNOW.
  • TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.
  • VISIBILITIES...WILL BE REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES FROM THE
    COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND
    EVENING.
  • WATCH FOR ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES CONCERNING
    YOUR ROAD CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. VISIBILITIES WILL BE NEAR ZERO AT TIMES...
MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU
MUST...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 25, 2012 at 03:47:54 pm     #  

7:08 p.m. Cleveland NWS weather discussion

... WILL JUST CALL IT A BLIZZARD WEST OF I-71 AND THE LAKE SHORE COUNTIES DUE TO THE WIND COMING OFF THE LAKE. WILL LEAVE TOLEDO OUT OF THE BLIZZARD FOR NOW SINCE THE SNOW AND WIND WILL BE JUST A TOUCH LIGHTER THERE ALTHOUGH IT WILL BE CLOSE.

Current warnings map.

Red = blizzard warning. Pink = winter storm warning. Blue = winter weather advisory.

posted by jr on Dec 25, 2012 at 09:45:07 pm     #  

WTOL's so-called forecasters were saying about 4-5 inches for Toledo proper on Wed. It should be all done by 11pm, starting around 8am, with an uptick at noon, and the major fall of a couple of inches happening in the period of 3pm-6pm. I say wait to shovel 7pm+.

Once again, Toledo's right on the edge of a storm line. So it could vary.

posted by GuestZero on Dec 25, 2012 at 10:33:35 pm     #  

No major changes with the overnight model runs.

00Z NAM - 6-8" Along the River, 8-10" from Ottawa County SW through Wood. 4-6" from NW Lucas back to Williams County.

06Z NAM - 8-12" Lucas Co and along and south of the River. 4-8" north/west of that area.

00Z GFS - 5-8" north of a line from Cleveland to Findlay to Lima. 8-12" south of there.

06Z GFS - 4-6" north of a line from Sandusky to Findlay to Lima. 6-10" south of there.

Amounts are really pointless at this point since the winds will just blow it around.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 26, 2012 at 08:25:12 am     #  

Forecast winds for today look to be 20-30 mph for more areas along the lake shore. The Blizzard Warning area is going to probably be very borderline when it comes to the warning criteria, so don't bother reading into it that much.

Here are the details out of the North Webster, IN office that covers NW Ohio West of I-75.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 26, 2012 at 08:32:12 am     #  

It's a bit breezy now. At least no bitter cold is forecast in the short term.

8:52 a.m. Toledo Express Airport report:

  • Weather: overcast and breezy
  • Temp: 30
  • Wind: NE 23 mph, gust to 31 mph
  • Wind chill: 17

Toledo's forecast

Today: Snow...mainly this afternoon. Blowing snow this afternoon. Snow may be heavy at times this afternoon. Snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches. Blustery with highs in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

Tonight: Snow...mainly in the evening. Blowing snow. Snow may be heavy at times in the evening. Total snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches. Blustery with lows in the mid 20s. North winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph in the evening. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

Thursday: Cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning...then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of snow 30 percent.

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 10:30:02 am     #  

Not sure what you guys are seeing in Toledo but out here in P-burg Twp. it's windier than all heck. Gusts strong enough to move your vehicle while driving and a constant wind strong enough that it pushes your vehicle lightly.

posted by lfrost2125 on Dec 26, 2012 at 10:31:14 am     #  

I'm in the Jackman/Eleanor/Lewis area and it's pretty windy here, too. It's trash day. Trash bins on the south side of the street managed to blow over to the north side of the street. I'm still trying to figure that one out since the wind is coming out of the northeast.

Either way, it's pretty windy and there are lots of weird noises outside my house that might require some investigation...

posted by valbee on Dec 26, 2012 at 10:50:22 am     #  

Snow flurries began falling in West Toledo at 9:48 a.m. It appears that the bulk of the snow will fall between Noon and Midnight. 6 to 10 inches of snow in approx a 12-hour period obviously means it's going to snow pretty hard at times. And combined with 20 to 30 mph winds, it's going to be a challenging snow removal time on the roads in open farm country around Toledo. But Westfield Mall visitors should be okay.

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 10:58:30 am     #  

The first flakes from that initial small line of snow are falling. Like the experiences of other postsers, the winds near my house are quite brisk, definitely in the 30 mph-plus range. I bought gas for the snow blower and fired it up; bring on the snow!

posted by historymike on Dec 26, 2012 at 11:02:28 am     #  

I'm in a windowless cube at work, guys, so I'm counting on you. :-)

I have to drive to DTW this afternoon to pick up my niece, who is flying in from Denver. How bad is it going to be??

posted by Anniecski on Dec 26, 2012 at 11:30:10 am     #  

TT is my go-to for weather information. You guys rock right out loud. And today, like Annie, I'm counting on you. Scheduled to arrive DTW 8:30 pm (coming from Houston.) Flight is scheduled to leave right in the midst of this potential winter wonderland (6 pm est.) I appreciate your knowledge and willingness to share, and will be watching throughout the day to see if I'm going to make it home tonight. Thanks, TTers!

posted by LetItBe on Dec 26, 2012 at 11:42:56 am     #  

Have fun in Houston. Your flight is sure to be cancelled. Sucks to be you! :)

posted by a_fan on Dec 26, 2012 at 12:09:38 pm     #  

Snow if flying here in Oregon :)

Call me silly but I love the snow. Have my Kindle charged, anxious to get off work head home hit the couch and read in a warm home with my dog and watch the storm outside the windows.

I should setup my camera up again for a time lapse of the snow build up!

posted by INeedCoffee on Dec 26, 2012 at 12:10:56 pm     #  

Pemberville Rd just south of Woodville Rd, snow is blowing sideways north to south and has been for about 30 minutes. Still lots of grass showing, not much accumulating yet, probably all blowing next door, lol. Glad we face east! :)

posted by nana on Dec 26, 2012 at 01:13:05 pm     #  

Snow is accumulating in Holland, but grass still shows. Winds are ugly, blowing more snow than is actually sticking. The dogs are peeing 2 inches from the door, turning tail and dashing back inside. There will be a yellow snow warning for outside our back door today.

posted by holland on Dec 26, 2012 at 01:26:10 pm     #   2 people liked this

I can't get my dog to come inside lol

posted by lfrost2125 on Dec 26, 2012 at 02:21:07 pm     #   3 people liked this

10:39 a.m. Storm Prediction Center mesoscale discussion

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md2233.html


11:40 a.m. SPC MD

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md2234.html


Current radar shows a slot of no precip near Toledo.

I think it has snowed only about an inch so far in West Toledo.

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 03:38:54 pm     #  

Yeppers....maybe an inch so far near the FP mall, and that odd pocket without precipitation that just emerged might cut down on the overall total in our area.

posted by historymike on Dec 26, 2012 at 03:57:11 pm     #  

Road conditions in Ohio can be viewed on ODOT's interactive map, found at:

http://www.buckeyetraffic.org

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 04:03:50 pm     #  

It's got a long way to go to get anywhere near what they have projected.
That being said, I'm not sure if it's the temperature, or the fine consistency of the snow but the roads are very slick in spots.
Of course, I haven't seen but maybe one snowplow.

posted by JeepMaker on Dec 26, 2012 at 04:09:15 pm     #  

They said the major fall would start around 3pm, which is now. I'm in East Toledo, and in looking out my windows, there isn't even an inch on the ground. Wind's fairly high, though, and the roads are somewhat slippery from my recent drive downtown.

If there's going to be over 4 inches falling around here by 11pm, it had better hurry up.

posted by GuestZero on Dec 26, 2012 at 04:12:47 pm     #  

Looks like the transfer of energy is kicking in where the surface low over Kentucky is starting to give way to the new Coastal low. Short term HRRR still kicking out 2-4 more inches for the immediate Toledo metro area, but I think a lot of that is going to be contingent on getting some of the moisture off the lake to work SW or the wrap around band to survive long enough to brush across.

Keep in mind with the SPC reference to blizzard conditions, falling snow is not required as ground blizzard conditions are enough for a warning.

Hopefully you guys get a few more inches since a lot of the snow plow businesses are typically contracted to only start after 3 or 4 inches.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 26, 2012 at 04:13:17 pm     #  

I dunno. Just checked the latest radar and it looks to me like this thing is, for the most part, over with. A little wind to contend with this afternoon and nothing else.

posted by holland on Dec 26, 2012 at 04:48:41 pm     #  

The NWS has downgraded our expected total snowfall a bit.

The Winter Storm Warning for Toledo had been in effect until 7:00 a.m. Thursday, but a short time ago, the NWS scheduled the warning to end at 7:00 p.m. this evening. Same for the Blizzard Warning for the countie just east of us.

Toledo's forecast issued at 3:44 p.m.

Tonight: Blowing snow this evening. Snow...mainly this evening. Snow may be heavy at times this evening. Total snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches. Brisk with lows in the mid 20s. North winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of flurries in the morning. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Light snow continues to fall, but I agree that it does not appear that we will reach four inches of accumulation. But the brisk winds will make roads tricky in the open ares.

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 05:06:36 pm     #  

Here is this morning's statement from the Cleveland NWS for Toledo:

urgent - winter weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
1011 am est wed dec 26 2012

including the cities of...toledo...bowling green...

...winter storm warning remains in effect until 7 am est
thursday...

accumulations...6 to 12 inches of snow.

--------------------

This morning's statement for the counties just east of us:

urgent - winter weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
1011 am est wed dec 26 2012

including the cities of...port clinton...fremont...sandusky...

...blizzard warning remains in effect until 7 am est thursday...

accumulations...8 to 12 inches of snow.

timing...heavy snow will occur through late afternoon/evening.
wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph will create blizzard conditions
during the height of the storm this afternoon and early evening.

--------------------

These are the updated statements, issued at 3:40 p.m. today:

urgent - winter weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
340 pm est wed dec 26 2012

including the cities of...toledo...bowling green

...winter storm warning now in effect until 7 pm est this
evening...

  • accumulations...4 to 8 inches of snow.
  • timing...heavy snow and blowing snow will taper off this
    evening.
  • winds...northeast 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
  • impacts...heavy snow and blowing and drifting snow will make
    travel difficult into this evening.
  • temperatures...around 30.
  • visibilities...reduced to few hundred feet from the combination
    of falling and blowing snow.

--------------------

urgent - winter weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
340 pm est wed dec 26 2012

including the cities of...port clinton...fremont...sandusky...
findlay...tiffin...norwalk...upper sandusky...carey...bucyrus...
marion

...blizzard warning now in effect until 7 pm est this evening...

  • accumulations...6 to 8 inches of snow.
  • timing...heavy snow and blowing snow will taper off this
    evening. the snow will vary in intensity.
  • winds...northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 35 mph.
  • impacts...blizzard conditions will make for dangerous travel
    conditions into the evening.
  • temperatures...upper 20s.
  • visibilities...near zero at times from the combination of
    falling and blowing snow into this evening.

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 05:27:28 pm     #  

SPC mesoscale discussion issued at 3:29 p.m. indicates heavy snow will continue for a while longer in southern Michigan.

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md2238.html


Radar snapshot ending at 4:20 p.m.

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 05:39:37 pm     #  

Still snowing here in P-burg Twp and the roads suck. Looks like some of it melted and turned to ice because people are sliding all over the place.

posted by lfrost2125 on Dec 26, 2012 at 05:39:38 pm     #  

holland posted at 03:48:41 PM on Dec 26, 2012:

I dunno. Just checked the latest radar and it looks to me like this thing is, for the most part, over with. A little wind to contend with this afternoon and nothing else.

Yeah, energy transfer is well under way. Might get a small band come back through later, but it doesn't look all that likely.

posted by JustaSooner on Dec 26, 2012 at 06:14:02 pm     #  

The roads here in Holland area are pretty slick, but no real snow accumulation to speak of, 2" to 3" at the most. Driving is hazardous however.

posted by holland on Dec 26, 2012 at 06:40:05 pm     #  

Two days ago, I think Linecrosser predicted that we would receive only 2 to 3 inches of snow. We might not reach that amount.

Thus far, Toledo Express Airport has recorded 0.6 inches of new snow.


Here's a special weather statement for southern Michigan issued at 4:27 PM EST on December 26, 2012:

Snow will continue through the evening. The snow will be heavy at
times. Between 430 PM and 7 PM... the heaviest snow can be expected
in and around Pontiac... Detroit... Mount Clemens... Port Huron and
Flint. Snowfall rates of an inch per hour can be expected in these
locals early this evening. Meanwhile... the intensity of the
snowfall will continue to diminish in and around Adrian and Monroe
early this evening. Washtenaw and Wayne counties can expect the
snowfall intensity to diminish shortly after 7 PM. The rate of
snowfall early this evening will spell slick and treacherous
driving conditions.

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 06:51:10 pm     #  

Michigan snowfall amounts reported at 5:12 PM EST on December 26, 2012

.. Oakland County...
Novi 1.5
Clarkston 3.0
Lake Orion 3.0
Rochester Hills 3.5

... Washtenaw County...
Ann Arbor 4.0


Closer to home ...

.. Lucas County...
Lucas County 1.0 327 PM 12/26 dept of highways
Toledo Airport 0.6 400 PM 12/26 snow spotter

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2012 at 07:01:47 pm     #  

Toledo lake effect for Toledo proper, happens every time,the TV stations don't do a very good job predicting for their major city. I basically said 2", and might get that by the time its done late tonight.

typical scare, 4-6" take minimum and subtract 50% for lake Erie effect, and that's what you will get from state line along I75 to Pperrysburg.

! posted by Linecrosser on Dec 24, 2012 at 11:57:26 pm # +

posted by Linecrosser on Dec 26, 2012 at 07:46:50 pm     #  

9pm East Toledo, and the drifts out there might be 2-3 inches high. Might. Common coverage is about an inch. Overall, I ain't even shoveling.

posted by GuestZero on Dec 26, 2012 at 10:11:35 pm     #  

I'm going to love it when they finally undercut one of these blizzard forecasts and instead of the 2-4" we get 12".

Second time this year they didn't deliver anywhere near their promised snowfall.

I think they should have a really really good look at their models.

posted by anonymouscoward on Dec 26, 2012 at 11:02:56 pm     #  

Granted it's still snowing but I'd guess 1-2" by my place in Oregon. Did get a time lapse will add it later.

posted by INeedCoffee on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:10:09 am     #  

Here is the video if you watch it a second time you'll notice the difference between the end and the storm at the beginning.

posted by INeedCoffee on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:15:18 am     #   2 people liked this

Someone needs to get Nate Silver to build a model.

posted by SensorG on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:26:49 am     #   1 person liked this

We might be at 2-3 inches now. Looks like our predictive poster earned himself a Kewpie doll.

posted by GuestZero on Dec 27, 2012 at 02:47:08 am     #  

The snow should be embarrassed of itself. My un-kept grass is sticking up out of it.

posted by slowsol on Dec 27, 2012 at 03:08:17 am     #  

This 'blizzard'/Winter storm is almost as disappointing as the Mayan's end of the world.

posted by smbfc on Dec 27, 2012 at 09:21:19 am     #  

Toledo sucks so much, even weather doesn't want to come here.

posted by JeepMaker on Dec 27, 2012 at 10:42:32 am     #   1 person liked this

We drove up to the airport in Detroit yesterday and didn't see a single snowplow. :-/

My niece's plane was early, but no one could exit the plane because the gangway couldn't be attached -- possibly, it was frozen. They ended up sitting on the plane for another 1/2 hour while DTW tried to get it fixed.

posted by Anniecski on Dec 27, 2012 at 11:44:29 am     #  

Know it sounds horrible, but being a big snow guy. Heck I would love living in Alaska.... as long as noone get's hurt and people have their food. I would truly love to live a 1978 storm.

Just the idea of having a solid week off from work, cuddled at home with my books and dog to relax. Looking outside at a truly large blizzard filling up every nook and cranny.

Romantic ideas, and I grant that they are idealistic while lacking concept of heartache is true.

So I am happy and oddly sad to wish this desire.

posted by INeedCoffee on Dec 28, 2012 at 01:02:41 am     #  

The blizzard of '78 was fun in many ways. It did cause severe hardship, however, because no one really understood what a true blizzard was and many people didn't adequately prepare. I think power outages were the number one problem. I had a friend in BG who had just brought a new born home from the hospital and they lost power for a week. I also knew people who ran out of diabetes medication. The drugstores were shut for at least two days and most longer than that.

Anybody who was an adult during the '78 blizzard will never let them selves get caught like that again. I especially remember one of my beer delivery guys who wound up married because of the blizzard. He was at his girlfriend's house when the blizzard hit and he got stuck their for the better part of a week. Seems he ran out of condoms.

posted by holland on Dec 28, 2012 at 11:53:33 am     #  

Well, we were ready to be delayed but were far from disappointed when that did not happen. Much fretting, TT hovering, and weather.com checking all led to a non-event. We left Houston just a little late (probably not weather related) and arrived @ DTW to find no gate agent available to attach the jetbridge. After a 10 minute or so wait the co-pilot announced that he was on his way to get our jetbridge. And he did. Long story short: thanks, TT weather watchers, for sharing your knowledge and time. Much appreciated.

posted by LetItBe on Dec 28, 2012 at 08:47:22 pm     #