February 18th, 2014

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And Now We Wait

Winter storm advisory from Noon Monday to 4am Tuesday.

The snow has mostly stopped? Actually, the current radar shows a big dark blue blog over us, so maybe that's the Kalamazoo TV station. We got maybe 5-6" of snow, starting out dry and then getting heavy and wet. Not optimistic about tomorrow's commute. I've emailed my department chair and said it's 50:50 being live or Skype for the lecture.

The snow is supposed to be worse down by Kalamazoo. Certainly when I left around 2pm, the roads were down to single lanes both ways for the most part, a pickup or SUV was lying on its passenger side facing the wrong way where Business US-131 merged. Two big accidents on the southbound side. Near whiteout conditions in Allegan County before Exit 61. Pretty much 35-50mph the whole way. Snowy and slippery when I got to PT in Allendale. Late. Snow started up again and the rest of the drive home at 5:30pm sucked. Couldn't see either Mrs. Dr. Phil's tire tracks or where the neighbor spent time plowing our driveway by the time I got home. The other neighbor brought his John Deere with the downloader attachment four hours later.

This after two days and a morning of clear, dry roads.

No wonder there was a 40 car pileup of idiots on I-94... going too fast into whiteout and a jackknifed semi or two or four.

Anyway, I'll make a driving decision at 7am. I have good confidence in my abilities, not so much of my fellow drivers.

Dr. Phil

PS -- currently 19°F. Will be 40s and 1-1½" of rain on Thursday, freezing it all up on Friday. Gre-eat.
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Well That Was A Non-Event

There is sunshine outside at 2:17pm. The potential disaster on the morning roads? Didn't happen. Given how coated they were by evening and the threat of drifting overnight, roads were smooth, free (mostly) of ice and slippery patches, and unlike the 40-car pileup on I-94 last night, most people didn't drive like idiots.

Hopefully that holds for the next few hours.

While Wednesday sounds nice, we are still looking at 1-1½" of rain on Thursday -- with mounds of snow and plugged storm drains in town, followed by a hard freeze on Friday. We'll keep Skype warmed up for the end of the week. (grin)

Dr. Phil