Feb 12, 2007

Getting Ready for the Blizzard of 2007?

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Picture of snow shovel, rock salt, and a house getting ready for a blizzard (Toledo, OH) I have spent the last few hours taking care of some loose ends before the arrival of what is already being billed as the Blizzard of 2007. Our local meteorologists are calling for 8-12 inches of snow from Tuesday through Wednesday, with 30 mph gusts driving 3-4 foot drifts.

The Kroger at Monroe and Secor was jam-packed, as area residents - likely driven into semi-panic mode by the ominous forecasts - flocked to stock up on necessities.

My wife reported that she had to park in the "furthest possible space" in the lot, and that the traffic going in and out of the grocery store was particularly hectic.

Left: The storm track shows the blizzard headed directly for Toledo; image courtesy of Intellicast.comLeft: This storm track shows the blizzard headed directly for Toledo; image courtesy of Intellicast.com

I intend to keep my driveway clear at any cost, and I will be cracking the proverbial whip on any rugrats who think that "snow day" means "watch TV for 12 hours day."

My prediction is a solid foot of snow, and the city largely shutting down until Thursday. Any predictions on your end? Are you near the projected path of the the Blizzard of 2007?

8 comments:

valbee said...

I don't care how much we get, as long as if it's significant, they close UT. And like everyone around here has been saying all day... "Keep dreaming..."

:)

historymike said...

Good luck with that, Valbee. I only recall one UT closing, which was at noon on September 11, 2001.

historymike said...

Text of the WInter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service in Cleveland:

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TUESDAY TO 12 PM EST
WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TUESDAY TO 12 PM EST
WEDNESDAY.

A MAJOR WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE ENTIRE REGION
TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. LIGHT SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA LATE
TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING. CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE QUICKLY
DURING THE DAY ON TUESDAY...WITH SNOW BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES. BY
EVENING RUSH HOUR...4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE...LIKELY
MAKING THE EVENING COMMUTE VERY DIFFICULT. ANOTHER 3 TO 6 INCHES
OF SNOW IS LIKELY TUESDAY NIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF WEDNESDAY.
STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 7 TO 14 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS
STORM. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE SNOW MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE
TO SLEET MAINLY SOUTH OF ROUTE 30 LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND TUESDAY
EVENING. IF IT DOES...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE REDUCED.

NORTHEAST WINDS WILL GUST TO 30 MPH AT TIMES TUESDAY AFTERNOON
AND TUESDAY NIGHT CREATING CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW
WITH NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THIS WILL ALSO MAKE
TRAVEL VERY DIFFICULT.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS
EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW AND/OR ICE WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER RADIO AND TV STATIONS
FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.

LTLOP said...

With this storm there goes my theory that GOD hates Findlay.

valbee said...

Looks like I got my wish, Mike! :)

Lisa Renee said...

Val was right...hehehe

:-)

microdot said...

Saw you guys on the news last night!
The reportage was from Cleveland and the reporter had driven from Detroit.
Last I heard, 2 feet were predicted.
Again, you have my deepest sympathy...though, I have to say, I always find blizzards and the aftermath pretty amazing.
1992? In NYC, 28 inches and the city shut down...No cars, buses, just groups of brave happy people walking down paths in the middle of the streets! One of those moments where you realize that maybe New Yorkers are the friendliest. I hope this makes Toledoans discover that maybe they are the friendliest neighbors in the world!

Hooda Thunkit said...

A related question:

How come so many people have to buy new snow shovels every year, or every time it snows?

I can't figure it out. But, I'm using the same snow shovels for the last 36 years...

Or, could it be all of the new people moving to Toledo?

;-)