Monday, January 25, 2010

Latest area weather

By e-mail update from KELO. The first paragraph alone cracks me up when I think back a few years to driving home with KFI, Los Angeles...

"Very light snow is coming down from the clouds – but it is being blown around by fierce winds to create ground blizzard conditions that will continue through the evening hours. It will be difficult if not impossible for people living outside of some cities to get home after work, due to hazardous travel conditions created by zero visibility in open areas. Some plows have been pulled from the roads, where light snow has been drifting. No travel is advised in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, where blizzard warnings are posted through 6 pm. But we do not expect a real reduction in sustained winds until the overnight hours.

Snowfall amounts have been minimal – officially under 1” in most spots – but winds have been gusting over 40 miles per hour and causing the light snow to drift.

As you might suspect, these strong northwest winds will bring in colder air. We expect overnight lows in the neighborhood of zero overnight, with subzero wind chills. Tomorrow and Wednesday we are forecasting highs only in the teens, with a chilly day of single digit highs on Thursday.

Better weather lies ahead, with much warmer air coming in for the weekend. Temperatures may even reach above-normal highs on Sunday."

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