Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winter Storm

We have a major winter storm approaching us, last night they said again it would be a big one, but they didn't know yet how big. Coming in monday night thru tuesday night.
Usually the winter storms here are really not that bad to me, considering I grew up in Indiana, and have lived in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. However in '07 we had that record breaking ice storm and ended up with no power for over 14 days. That was rough cause with no power we also have no sewer and water.
Ever since then, when I hear bad storm, I clean up the house and make sure all dishes are clean, and do up all the laundry, and fill up bottles of water-just in case.
Up early this morning, so went to the weather channel online-this sounds like it could be one of those"big ones"
Issued by The National Weather Service
Springfield, MO
4:12 am CST, Sun., Jan. 30, 2011
... WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED... ALL OF THE MISSOURI OZARKS AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS FROM MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.
FREEZING DRIZZLE IS INITIALLY EXPECTED MONDAY EVENING... WITH A WINTRY MIX THEN CHANGING TO HEAVY SNOW FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE SNOW WILL END TUESDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS... SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED... WITH SOME SLEET POSSIBLE FROM MONDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. SOME LOCATIONS MAY RECEIVE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW... ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR.
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS... UP TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE IS EXPECTED FROM MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATION ARE EXPECTED SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 44.
* WINDS AND VISIBILITY... STRONG AND GUSTY NORTH WINDS WILL LEAD TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW... ALONG WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY.
* IMPACTS... TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY BECOME EXTREMELY TREACHEROUS... ESPECIALLY FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS MAY MAKE TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES DUE TO SNOW DRIFTS AND NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES.
LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES CANNOT BE RULED OUT... ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 44 WHERE ICE IS MORE LIKELY.
BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL FOLLOW THIS STORM SYSTEM AND LAST INTO FRIDAY MORNING. SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES WILL BE LIKELY BY THURSDAY MORNING... WITH WIND CHILLS DROPPING INTO THE -10 TO -20 RANGE AT TIMES.
Quite a change from our last several days of spring temperatures-50s and 60s with sun.
So I guess today I will be getting ready for it in ernest, especially getting lots of wood in close to the house. The snow is not so bad-but the ice-the ice we can do without-cause it can be so damaging, especially if it breaks down the electric wires.
I can see next week will be a perfect week for me to work on getting the quilt I am working on hand quilted. I know the northeast has gotton hit so much harder than us, and they will be getting this storm too. Stay safe and warm everyone.

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