Monday, December 1, 2008

Hazardous Roads Arrive With Meteorological Winter

The 231 Bridge sums it up....please slow down! Be patient and allow plenty of room in front of you.

I am checking in and wish I had better news. We have had a ton of slide-offs as temperatures have fallen to 28 along with wind and heavier bursts of snow. Be especially careful of the north-south roads tonight with gusty west winds blowing snow onto the roads creating icy spots. With lows dropping to near 20 the salt will not be very effective. Black ice will be an issue through at least tomorrow morning. Interstate 65 and its south bound lanes were shut down just after 6 p.m. due to a truck overturning and I have had calls that Union and State Streets downtown are basically sheets of ice. Just trying to walk outside is tough here in the WLFI parking lot. I did some more shoveling and put down plenty of salt. It is dangerous out there.

This is only the beginning of a very active pattern. You may want to buy an extra large bag of salt. I have been swamped in maps all day to make sure we keep you ahead of the storm or should I say storms. Take a look at a brief synopsis.

Ice threat by Wednesday Morning

More SNOW Wed. Night

Bitter cold late week

More SNOW Saturday

VERY COLD FOR THE CHRISTMAS PARADE!

More SNOW the following Monday

Happy Meteorological Winter that officially begins today and continues through February 28th. We are heading into our coldest 90 days of the year and it will certainly look and feel like it outside. The calendar at home may say December 21st is our first day of winter but now you know otherwise. Our calendars are not based on weather but astronomy. My favorite saying going into this winter is....WHAT HAPPENS IN NOVEMBER NATURE REMEMBERS COME WINTER...and it does look like we will be locked into a cold and snowy month. Our average snowfall of just under 6 inches should easily be surpassed and we may get both of our big snowstorms this winter in the month of December. Be ready and stay tuned. Things are looking very interesting. Here are some of the wonderful pictures sent in to get you in the winter spirit!! Thanks for all your support and be safe this winter!

I just thought I would pass along a picture of the exciting snow my one and two year old found this morning when they woke up! They were so excited to see snow, that it didn't matter there wasn't much of it! We did the best we could to make a snowman! Ha Ha Mandy Taulman 5th Grade Teacher Meadowlawn Elementary

Here is a Dog Snow picture.
This is My boy Dobby playing catch with snowball's!! This is fav thing to do!! :-)
This has been a fun day tracking snow! And you are right for a first snow we will
take it!! :-)
Justin New
Tyton says, oops missed the snowball or did mom do that to me??? Now here I am in front of this nice fire hydrent but is covered with snow!, Oh well got a go! LOL.
Thanks Mike warning of this snow event. Has been fun and is beautiful
Teri

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mike, yes the freezing has started, there are standing puddles of water on the roads that are starting to become solid, Also I am watching the wind blow snow on our alley, it is starting to drift.

Teri in Laf.

Anonymous said...

WOW the snow is really blowing off the the house tops and trees, plus the ground. the roads now have a slight coating from the light snow, just got back from getting pizza is bad, hope and pray it wont get worse

Anonymous said...

Bring it on Mike, or should i say Mother Nature,,,,, it's about time we stop being passed over on these wonderful acts of beauty..

Anonymous said...

The roads are becoming solid sheets of ice, The weather May be beautiful, but is dangerous, if you have to drive in.

Been home for almost 3 hours, had to run the store, and my car doors were starting to freeze shut.

For of us have to go out tonight and tommorow please be careful, for those who dont enjoy mother nature.

Teri in Laf

Teri in Laf

Anonymous said...

if the roads in laf and tipp co are this bad in the am sure hope the schools call for a delay. Darn lucky the kids got out when they did, bfore the rapid freeze hit. guess we will have to wait.

Anonymous said...

I went outside a little bit ago and some of the slush from earlyer was froze!! Everybody watch for ice on the roads as you go out in the morning!!

I think it is going to be safe to call the forecast for Wednesday (Wild Wednesday) We will all have to take it slow on the roads then as well!!!

Justin in Lafayette

Anonymous said...

Yep Justin, everthing froze fast! My wx station is showing a wind chill of 11*:-(

I live near a busy road and am watching people who are turning corners way too fast! What on earth are they thinking?

Watch out for your dogs, my dogs are not happy about going out tonight. Their little, or should say big feet are frozen, they are only out for a short time, but they start holding up their paws. need doggie boots LOL!

Teri in Laf.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great snow. Thanks for the updates Mike. SO, when do you think we will see our first 'big snow' of the season? Could the snows Saturday and Monday be it?

Thanks...just loving the snow.

Anonymous said...

This an odd snow. With such a warm wet snow, no it may have not have been a big one, but the rapid freeze is major. Has anyone read about all the slide offs? 9 cars on creasy ln. the roads are still freezing even road crews are putting down salt.

I worry about the kids in the morning. I did read of one, school delay already, wish all schools would call early if they do call at all.

Anonymous said...

its this damn Indiana freeze thaw
that causes this if it was snow the whole time it would be fine.
slow down and dont drive like you have never seen winter before

Anonymous said...

darn, the closings and delays on the web site is not updated, I count on it.

Anonymous said...

Are the roads really that bad? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Like an ice skating rink! so are the walk ways!

Anonymous said...

Oh terrific...thanks though =)

Anonymous said...

did you go out today? the roads were very wet, and the temp went down hill fast. I saw the road crews out, but is a tough job for them, trying to fight the freezing temps and winds.

Anonymous said...

You are welcome, sorry but true:-(, but they are nasty, I tried to walk in this stuff and was afraid I was going to fall, besides that, with wind was going right through me. I was wareing layers too!

renee said...

We were going north on 65 and saw the semi and how backed up it was...there was a person trying to force me to go faster ppl need to think...luckily my trip to camp atterbury was safe except for getting a little lost lol...be safe everyone