Do I Need a Winter Jacket? Yes, I Do

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Sunny and calm before the storm in Upper Michigan...

Sunny and calm before the storm in Upper Michigan…

2/19/2014 Marquette, Michigan — Today old man winter is teasing us. When I left home and headed for work, I couldn’t help but notice the temperature was 35 degrees. Yes, 35 degrees above ZERO! It was warm, sunny, and the roads are starting to show the potholes…. yes, it appears that Spring is on the way. I also wondered to myself “Why am I wearing this winter jacket today?” Call it a BAD habit.

But, wait a second. I was listening to my favorite station on the way to work, 103-FXD, and suddenly my world was crushed! The Meteorologist from the Weather Eye Weather Center said “Winter Storm Watch in effect starting on Thursday….” I was totally crushed! The sunlight, warm weather, potholes and everything I was excited for suddenly didn’t seem so fascinating. Damn you old man winter!

Here’s what we can expect from the Winter Storm on Thursday and Friday…

… Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Thursday afternoon
through Friday morning…

Hazardous weather…

* snow will develop Thursday afternoon and may become heavy
   Thursday evening before diminishing late Thursday night into
   Friday morning.

* Storm total snow accumulations of 6 inches or more are
   possible.

* Strong west winds late Thursday night into Friday morning
   gusting to 35 mph will produce areas of blowing and drifting
   snow with visibilities at or below a quarter mile at times.

Impacts…

* roads may become snow covered and hazardous late Thursday
   afternoon into Thursday evening.

* Strong west winds late Thursday night into Friday morning
   will produce considerable blowing and drifting snow with poor
   visibilities.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

* a Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for
   significant snow accumulations that may impact travel.

-Eric Scott

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