Meanwhile, Back in Wisconsin: Blizzard Watch for Nine States, Including Cheeseland

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I can hear the street snow blower outside on the Capitol Square. We had snow fall yesterday that was a little over four inches. Naturally, it’s de rigueur to have the streets in the vicinity of the state house cleared, but that little bit isn’t going to help with the Big One on its way, coming with up to 20 inches of the White Stuff.


[This] second storm is expected to virtually shut down the region, with up to 12 inches of snow being pushed into drifts by winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour.

Weather forecasters are calling the massive storm creeping across the nation’s midsection on Tuesday the biggest storm in land area in U.S. history, expected to produce everything from 2 feet of snow to an inch of ice in a 32-state region stretching from the Rocky Mountains to Texas to the upper Plains and Midwest to New England and the mid-Atlantic states.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch for counties in south central Wisconsin including Dane County from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m. Wednesday, with a blizzard warning in effect in southeast Wisconsin, where up to 17 inches of snow is forecast for Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties.

The snow will be whipped by winds up to 50 miles per hour along the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the 20-35 mph range in the rest of southern Wisconsin, so travel will be extremely dangerous, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Drivers should use caution on the Tuesday morning commute, with numerous slideoffs and crashes reported throughout the region on both major highways and local roads.

It’s going to be hell for those of us who have to work. Don’t wait until the last minute to start off for work or to pick up the kids.  Some more info from Channel 3000:

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said travelers should closely monitor local weather and road conditions as heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions are expected to lead to difficult travel conditions in many parts of Wisconsin over the next two and a half days.

The DOT said travel is not recommended in southern and southeastern Wisconsin — roughly south and east of a line from Prairie du Chien to Manitowoc — Tuesday night into Wednesday until the storm passes and conditions improve.

Apparently, Metcalfe’s at Hilldale Mall was swamped last night with shoppers stocking up with food and other provisions, especially those living on the West Side of Madison and Middleton and elsewhere. Let’s hope that some also picked up some candles. Some are predicting that power may go down in certain areas in the Midwest and East Coast. Better make sure that you have a battery-operated or emergency radio or tiny TV, with enough batteries.

If I can, I’ll butt in during the day with some weather updates. However, these are some good websites to help you.

511WI, Travel Alerts from Around the State

Snow Travel Tips from Madison Metro

ABC News has a “Winter Weather Safety Survival Guide,” which tells how to avoid car breakdowns, black ice, etc.

City of Madison Official Site (with bulletins regarding snow removal and other information)

Track your flight(s).  Air travel may be next to nonexistent during these two days.

On top of stocking up with groceries, make sure you have enough of prescription drugs for yourself or your loved ones, a fully-charged cell phone, and a full tank of gas.

Take good care.

~ by blksista on February 1, 2011.

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