Feb 4, 2006

Super Storm For Super Bowl?

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Left: 2 PM radar snapshot courtesy of Intellicast.com

(Toledo, OH) The flakes began to land about 12:30 PM here in Toledo in the first wave of what could be a very significant winter storm. Projections for this storm vary from 6 to 12 inches or more before Sunday afternoon.

This, of course, does not bode well for travelers heading up I-75 or across I-80 to Detroit for tomorrow's Super Bowl. Detroit, like Toledo, might be at ground zero for this storm (people are beginning to use the dreaded word "blizzard" now).

There is an interesting combination of factors at play here. A huge band of Gulf precipitation is traveling up from the south, while a massive cold front is approaching from the northwest. This is the Midwestern equivalent of a winter hurricane in its structure; the "eye" of the storm seems poised to hover in this area for a few days.

We could see 24-36 hours of this counteclockwise rotation pattern that dumps a tremendous amount of snow on the region. Traffic near Ford Field in Detroit will undoubtedly be lousy, so those of you lucky enough to score Super Bowl tickets had better get an early start tomorrow.

So be sure to stock up on milk, bread, and other necessities in the next few hours. Avoid the major grocery stores, though, as panic blizzard buying is in full force; the Kroger's at Secor and Monroe has traffic backed up just trying to get into the lot.

3 comments:

Lisa Renee said...

Looks like we both had the same idea though I like your graphic and I used the dreaded "B" word...

Stores out here are crazy too at my end of town.

:-)

valbee said...

This is why I'm glad I went grocery shopping after work yesterday. And I had no idea we were expecting snow until about 11:30 last night.

I took a before picture of my front yard. I'm hoping it was enough to jinx us as far as really getting slammed. :)

historymike said...

Latest from the National Weather Service:

Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
321 PM EST SAT FEB 4 2006

...A STRONG WINTER STORM TO AFFECT NORTHERN OHIO INTO NORTHWEST
PENNSYLVANIA THROUGH SUNDAY...

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS NORTHEAST OHIO AND
NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA TONIGHT. LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS WILL
DEVELOP ACROSS THE SNOW BELT OF NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST
PENNSYLVANIA SUNDAY INTO MONDAY.

321 PM EST SAT FEB 4 2006

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL OHIO TONIGHT WITH
AN ADDITIONAL 4 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE BY DAYBREAK
SUNDAY...WITH AN ADDITIONAL INCH POSSIBLE BY NOON SUNDAY. IT WILL
BECOME WINDY TONIGHT AND THAT WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW.

HEAVY SNOW WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. MOTORISTS
SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION TONIGHT IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE. STAY
TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE WEATHER SOURCE FOR
FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.
$$