Left: My wet driveway
(Toledo, OH) Northwest Ohio is bracing for an unusual weather pattern for the next 24 hours that will begin with rain, but which will get strange as high winds bring in extremely cold temperatures. We might see only a few inches of snow, but the sudden onslaught of cold winds will likely mean the formation of a layer of ice below the snow.
The National Weather Service issued both a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a High Wind Warning for the area, with winds gusts as high as 55 mph, occasioanl thunder, and wind chill values as low as -8.
At the moment, the temperature is an almost-balmy 48 degreees Fahrenheit, and there is a light drizzle. The cold front is over central Indiana at the time of this writing, and we will see a 35-40 degree drop in temperatures in the next eight hours or so.
My wife and children are crossing their fingers for a snow day tomorrow, but Wednesdays are a light workday for me, so I am ambivalent about the weather prospects. That being said, I much prefer my current life in academia than my old career as a retail business owner, in which winter storms meant poor sales, stranded employees, and hard-to-find snowplow drivers.