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.