Sunday, November 30, 2008
Snowy to Slushy With a Break in the Snow Until Late Tonight
Emily Jones sends in a picture of the beautiful scene greeting us this morning. How our world has changed in just a few hours! The good news is the road crews are quickly catching up on the roads with a break in the snow. The bad news is the slush is very hard for drivers to see and even though the roads do not seem so bad it is giving folks a false sense of security. Here is a picture of the slushy roads sent in by Justin New who probably got about 10 minutes sleep last night which is a few more minutes than me!
Numerous accidents have been reported around the area including interstate 65 near Lebanon so please be very careful out there even if the snow has stopped for now. If you can be patient the roads will continue to improve through the day as temperatures go above freezing and no accumulating snow expected until late tonight. You can see this in your day planner below.
The wind speeds will actually stay closer to 5 mph throughout the day and pick up out of the northwest tonight between 10 and 20 mph. The only surprise that nature threw us with this system was the dry slot moved into our area fast and furious. Take a look below.
We knew the dry slot was coming but it arrived a good 2 to 3 hours early and by 8:30 a.m. we were pretty much done. We really only had about a 3 hour period of moderate snow. This cut our accumulations in half. But overall the first call of 2 to 4 inches of total snowfall for today and Monday looks like it will prevail for most of the area. There will be some pockets of 3 to 5 inches closer to the lake and areas north and east of Lafayette by later on Monday with lake enhanced snowfall. The sad part is our nice snowy covering is turning to slush due to temperatures above freezing. It will not be the best sledding but for our first snow we will take it. In a nutshell nature has really let us off the hook. Even if you love snow, it really is good news with all the travelers out there today. Here is your snowfall map below that we will continue to update.
Justin New is on top of things and has some more picture postcards from this morning! Thanks Justin.
Now I need to go do some shoveling! A big congratulations to Amber Crider of Lafayette. She is our Golden Snow Shovel winner! I will have to ask her what her big secret is on long-range forecasting. Wow, what a great job! I just got off the phone with her and she is ecstatic! I would be too! She deserves free Mad Mushroom Pizza for the year after that great forecast. I need to hurry up and get out there before all the snow melts on her driveway! STRETCH....STRETCH 2, 3, 4....LET'S GO! Have a great day bloggers! Keep an eye on tonight and be careful out there. I will be back with pictures and keep those great pictures coming. I will post as many as I can. Even send in some dog pictures. Those are always great!