Snow, big time!

The first day of December, considered by meteorologists as the first day of winter (as measured by the fact that December, January and February have the lowest average temperatures). Coincidentially, we’re having the first snowstorm of the season. There was a large storm back in February, but it didn’t recieve the same attention from the local media mainly because it didn’t affect the city.

This is a common complaint of mine – it seems that if something is occuring outside of the city, it gets totally ignored by the media (unless it’s of major proportions, then they go overboard).

It is interesting how the stations here cover the snow; they insist that people want to know every minute detail about what is going on, so they are on the air for way too long on these days – one station had their news on from 4 am this morning; they finally decided to go to other programming at 10.00; the other two main news stations in this area have also been on since 4 AM (when the snow had just started); one has said that they will broadcast until noon, and the other is still broadcasting as of 12:30pm. The fourth station in the market has had network programming on, but they’ve been running the “standard” closings bar at the bottom.

This storm is so bad that the weather service actually issued a blizzard warning for some of the counties in the region. The main reason for a blizzard warning is the high wind that has resulted from this storm. This is an excerpt from the actual warning that was issued by the National Weather Service earlier this morning:

THE MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE TREACHEROUS. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS
SITUATION. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED HOWEVER PERSONS DECIDING TO
VENTURE OUT ARE URGED TO SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE WITH CAUTION...AND
ALLOW YOURSELF PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME. REMEMBER YOUR SAFE WINTER
DRIVING SKILLS!
IF YOU LEAVE THE SAFETY OF INDOORS...YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT
RISK. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...BRING ALONG A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT AND
STAY WITH YOUR CAR IF YOU BECOME STRANDED.

And this is the full text of the latest advisory; you’ll note that the last line remains the same:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
1228 PM CST FRI DEC 1 2006
...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM SHOWING ITS LAST GASP...
.THE MAJOR WINTER STORM WHICH HAS AFFECTED SOUTHERN WISCONSIN IS
NEARLY OUT OF THE AREA BUT STILL HAS A LITTLE WAYS TO GO.
WIZ066-071-072-012100-
/O.CON.KMKX.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-061201T2100Z/
MILWAUKEE-RACINE-KENOSHA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MILWAUKEE...RACINE...KENOSHA
1228 PM CST FRI DEC 1 2006
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS
AFTERNOON...
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS
AFTERNOON.
MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 3 PM. ADDITIONAL
ACCUMULATIONS OF ANOTHER INCH IS POSSIBLE. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO
30 MPH WILL CREATE SOME VISIBILITIES OF 1/4 MILE OR LESS. TOTAL
ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 18 INCHES IS LIKELY.
TRAVEL REMAINS TREACHEROUS. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED HOWEVER PERSONS DECIDING TO VENTURE OUT
ARE URGED TO SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE WITH CAUTION...AND ALLOW
YOURSELF PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME. REMEMBER YOUR SAFE WINTER DRIVING
SKILLS!
IF YOU LEAVE THE SAFETY OF INDOORS...YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT
RISK. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...BRING ALONG A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT AND
STAY WITH YOUR CAR IF YOU BECOME STRANDED.

I’m going to venture out and take some photos of the scenery around here (I’ve already taken over 100 photos now, but they’re mostly from one window), and seeing that the snowplow hasn’t come through yet, the road should do well to serve my purposes

One thought on “Snow, big time!

  1. Seeing snow photos will of course make me jealous. Even so – shoot away, be safe, and “good hunting!”

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