Sunday, February 17, 2008

Got Weather?

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for today, forecasting freezing rain and sleet this morning with ice accumulation of one-tenth of an inch, along with 2 to 5 inches of snow.

Mitchell International Airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe said ground crews at the airport, like many Wisconsin residents, have grown weary of the constant barrage of severe weather.
"It seems like as soon as it stops it starts right up again," Rowe said. "It's not like we get large quantities of snow all at once and it's over for three weeks. Instead, it just snows and snows and snows."

One-tenth of an inch of ice is enough for pedestrians and motorists to slip and slide on, said weather service meteorologist Bill Borghoff.

"The ground temperatures are well below freezing, and untreated surfaces will especially be prone to ice by Sunday morning," Borghoff said.

By late morning, the freezing rain is expected to turn to rain. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for today that covers Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties.

It's the rain that has me most concerned as all of our gutters are clogged with ice. Sigh. Oh right, and many communities around here have literally run out of road salt. Good thing we went to Mass last night - we're not brave enough to venture out today.

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