This week will be a good time to stay indoors and hibernate. Those who can’t will wish they could especially with the snow, cold and hazardous conditions we will face over the next several days.
The counties along the I96 corridor to the north are under a winter storm warning from 1am to 7pm Monday where 8 to 12 inches of snow may fall. Wind chills will be 15 to 20 below Monday morning. South of I96 will see 4 to 8 inches with warmer temps making it heavy and wet. Looking at the NAM model for tomorrow there will be quite a temperature gradient across the area. Allegan and Barry county on to south will see temps at or slightly above freezing while the I96 corridor to the north will see temps in the teens and 20s. The warning area still could move north or south over the next few hours so stay tuned.
After the passage of the storm then temperatures will drop into dangerous areas one doesn’t want to go out in unless they are dressed in multiple layers and all skin surfaces are covered – goggles are a good idea because you can feel your eyeballs freeze with temps below zero. Wednesdays highs are expected to be -3° with wind chills 35° below zero.
Current temps in Ontario just south of the Hudson Bay are -25 to -47° and this is the air which will be dragged into behind the storm, luckily we have the great lakes to moderate the temps.
There will be a lot of school closings through most of the week due to the cold and snow. We don’t want the kids out in this because with the wind chills predicted skin can freeze within 15 to 20 minutes. I remember my parents and grandparents talking about having to walk a mile to school in these conditions, I had to myself when I lived in the mountains – I don’t know if the parents have become smarter or less hardy than their predecessors, still it is a good idea to protect the next generations survival in anyway we can.
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