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Groundhog Day Blizzard brings Travel Chaos (Crushing ice storm, massive snow in Midwest)
accuweather.com ^ | Jan 30, 2011 | Alex Sosnowski

Posted on 01/30/2011 1:48:48 PM PST by listenhillary

A large winter storm forecast to unfold could adversely affect more than 100 million people this week from the Rockies to the Plains, South, Midwest and Northeast, if it develops to its full potential.

The latest indications continue to point toward a large storm forming amidst a building temperature contrast over the middle of the nation. Precipitation and strong cold air/warm air circulation around that storm will affect many millions of people from the interior West to the Atlantic Coast as next week progresses.

We are calling this system the Groundhog Day storm, and it will likely severely impact ground travel, and lead to canceled flights, school delays and closures. The storm is not only a concern for Wednesday, but for much of the week as the system moves along.

Warm air that built over the Plains this past week will be dramatically replaced by a charge of arctic air that will lead to blinding upslope snow along the High Plains and the Front Range of the Rockies.

As the cold air charges southward and becomes more shallow, a substantial ice storm may unfold for portions of the southern Plains. Meteorologist and former resident of the southern Plains, Heather Buchman, states, "This is the type of storm that could shut down the region with high winds, plunging temperatures, ice, snow and a rapid freeze-up on roads."

Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet points out, "Some parts of the Plains and Rockies may have a daily temperature drop of 50 degrees or more, caused by the storm."

If the storm develops to its full potential, parts of the Plains will experience life-threatening AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.

Nasty cold air, marked by near- or below-zero temperatures, could possibly grip areas during the day as arctic high pressure builds over the northern Rockies and Plains as the storm passes by.

The charge of cold air clashing with warm air will likely lead to heavy, perhaps severe, thunderstorms sweeping eastward through parts of the Mississippi Valley and South.

Depending on the storm's configuration as it heads to the eastern half of the nation, a zone of heavy snow and ice may form from parts of the Ohio Valley to the Northeast.

Depending on the track of the storm and how quickly it re-forms along the Atlantic Coast, heavy snow could blast part of the Great Lakes and much of the Northeast.

How nasty the storm gets and the primary form of precipitation for the Northeast, Midwest, interior South, and Plains depend on the exact track of the storm.

The storm will have many negative effects, especially in parts of the Northeast, where snow-removal budgets are blown and roofs are stressed to the failure point from the magnitude of prior, record-breaking snowstorms.

According to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "Kids in portions of Kentucky have missed over two weeks of school already this winter."

Meteorologist Mark Mancuso stated, "This storm and perhaps a second storm could impact travel to the Super Bowl in Dallas next weekend, potentially from areas of ice, snow, high winds and cold."


TOPICS: Weather
KEYWORDS: blizzard; globalcooling; groundhogday; midwest

1 posted on 01/30/2011 1:48:52 PM PST by listenhillary
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To: listenhillary

OMG ! It’s winter and we are having winter weather.

How will we ever survive?


2 posted on 01/30/2011 1:51:21 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: listenhillary

If any global warming folks are looking for the “missing” Arctic ice, it’s in my driveway...


3 posted on 01/30/2011 1:51:21 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: listenhillary

I guess if I had to choose, I’d take snow over ice.

Having spent the day shoveling 1 ft + off the roof and using a chisel to remove ice dams from the gutters.


4 posted on 01/30/2011 1:53:35 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: listenhillary

Well ain’t this GoreBull Warming just Grand! /s


5 posted on 01/30/2011 1:54:48 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

I think we have some of that Gore-bull warming in my neck of the woods today—the temp hit 83 here......I love it!


6 posted on 01/30/2011 1:54:50 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Col Frank Slade

I live in South Jersey.It looks like we are going to get the ice. Rather drive on snow than ice.


7 posted on 01/30/2011 1:55:20 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: listenhillary

What’s the problem? We peckerwoods down south have always heard the folks up north know how to handle snow and ice.


8 posted on 01/30/2011 1:55:33 PM PST by Crawdad
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To: listenhillary
Poor Al the Loser.
9 posted on 01/30/2011 1:55:58 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If ObamaCare is so great, why is Barry giving waivers to all of his friends, donors and supporters?)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Sunny and 66 degrees at 5 PM in Charlotte, NC :-)


10 posted on 01/30/2011 1:56:11 PM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: UCANSEE2

From a meteorologist discussing this storm.

“Historic winter storm developing for portions of Missouri into Indiana. Portions of these states will be shut down in the coming days from heavy snow and ice. Significant infrastructure damage is likely because of heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain accumulations.”


11 posted on 01/30/2011 1:56:33 PM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: listenhillary

12 posted on 01/30/2011 1:58:35 PM PST by skimbell
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To: listenhillary

another vave of Global Varming..

Asta La Vista.. Tahiti here I come. (I wish)


13 posted on 01/30/2011 2:02:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: listenhillary

We’ve only had about a foot of total snow all winter here in south central michigan this winter but it sounds like we’re going to get dumped on along the I-94 corridor.

I’m seeing everything from 8 inches to two feet with 50 mph winds. The weather watch went up this morning and runs through to wednesday morning.

Its been a nice day today.


14 posted on 01/30/2011 2:03:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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Reuters has it..

Major winter storm expected to hit Great Plains, eastern states
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110130/ts_nm/us_weather

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A massive storm system bringing heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain could potentially impact 100 million people as it slams the Rockies, Plains, and Midwest regions early this week before traveling to the eastern seaboard Wednesday, according to forecasts on Sunday.

Freezing rain is expected to develop Sunday night and continue through Monday, producing a light grazing of ice that could lead to dangerous travel conditions in the central states, the National Weather Service said, but the primary storm system will hit early Tuesday and continue through Tuesday night.


15 posted on 01/30/2011 2:06:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: listenhillary
I'm not saying it won't happen but the fact is this is the sort of story the MSM especially the TV media love to fan the flames of, one big-story chaos and disaster that is their bread-and butter for increased viewership, ratings. The fact is viewership goes up during a period of crisis, the weather gloom and doom works for them very well. `

I remember about ten years back every local TV channel in the Northeast blaring news of a Giga-Storm brewing up in the South, predictions of three feet of snow and more had everyone in a panic buying anything not screwed down to the floor and then a day or two before, oooops, sorry folks, we were wrong, people so mad at them.

Certainly, weather forecasting has improved since then but still far from being infallible.

16 posted on 01/30/2011 2:07:30 PM PST by lbryce
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To: Dem Guard

Re: “Sunny and 66 degrees at 5 PM in Charlotte, NC :-) “

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Rainy and cool (fifties) in Los Angeles today after many days of beautiful weather. But seriously, way back in the seventies I recall the east coast offices of the company I worked for out here would routinely close for ‘snow days.’

It seemed like numerous days per year the offices closed, due to lots of snow/ice. That’s why my family left the midwest eons ago.

I could be wrong but in more recent years there seem to have been fewer blizzards and such in the east, so now it’s deemed a huge crisis. Many people who would have remembered the winter ‘weather’ of the seventies or earlier are no longer with us.


17 posted on 01/30/2011 2:09:16 PM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: listenhillary
If the storm develops to its full potential, parts of the Plains will experience life-threatening AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.

What in the heck are 'AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures'? Are they like the wind-chill factor on steroids?
18 posted on 01/30/2011 2:10:03 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

Our driveway (length of football field and all downhill) has been nothing but ice for over a month. I put ice melt on it today as it got up to 50 degrees!!!

I think this coming storm is gonna be rain for us...thank goodness. I’m done with winter.

And forget about our roof. We are too old to do anything about it but pray.


19 posted on 01/30/2011 2:11:03 PM PST by ncpatriot
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To: cripplecreek

Keep your generator gassed up and prepare to ride it out. We’ll catch it here in the Metro Detroit area as well.


20 posted on 01/30/2011 2:12:12 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks. This is what is scary. 3/4" of ice doesn't sound like much, but a couple of hundred thousand people without power and forcast lows expected to reach -7 with high winds.


21 posted on 01/30/2011 2:12:46 PM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: listenhillary

Oyvey! Enough already with the Global Warming.


22 posted on 01/30/2011 2:13:13 PM PST by Palladin (Obama, go back to Hawaii! Better yet, go back to Kenya!!)
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To: CaliforniaCon

This year we have had 3 snow storms so far which is a lot of us. If they even anticipate a snow storm the schools are usually closed.


23 posted on 01/30/2011 2:18:18 PM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: UCANSEE2

Same way we survived the last snows, Pinky...with generators, tractors, extra groceries and plenty of patience! ;-)

As long as the local VZW cell tower still has power and backhaul, I’ll have internet. I guess that’s the one good thing about not having access to DSL/Cable/FIOS.


24 posted on 01/30/2011 2:23:15 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Crawdad

“What’s the problem? We peckerwoods down south have always heard the folks up north know how to handle snow and ice.”

LOL!


25 posted on 01/30/2011 2:25:37 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Col Frank Slade
Wrap-On Roof and Gutter Heating Cables
26 posted on 01/30/2011 2:26:01 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: CaliforniaCon
I could be wrong but in more recent years there seem to have been fewer blizzards and such in the east, so now it’s deemed a huge crisis. Many people who would have remembered the winter ‘weather’ of the seventies or earlier are no longer with us.

I was a kid but I remember those. The wonderful ice storm in '77 or '78 that nearly destroyed my grandfather's huge willow tree and kept us indoors for five days. It was a really cold winter that year too, IIRC.

My husband and I have often told our kids (we're in our mid-40's) that winters were much nastier when we were young.

27 posted on 01/30/2011 2:27:55 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Crawdad

The meterologist scum have joined the Ruling Class elitists. Over the past few years they have started overprediciting and breathlessly telling us the sky is falling every other week.

Those of us who live in the upper Midwest do know how to handle it. Bring it on.

The Accuweather and Weatherchannel cable nerds have to have crap to broadcast and internetize 24/7. They are elist pantywaists overpredicting in the same way the doctors do “preventive medicine.”

Ignore them. Don’t encourage them.


28 posted on 01/30/2011 2:28:07 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Dem Guard

Yep, we’re looking at a bitter 73 here in Baton Rouge tomorrow.


29 posted on 01/30/2011 2:35:51 PM PST by mothball
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To: listenhillary

I remember when we had an ICE STORM, and the power was out for two weeks (for a majority of the CITY). Trees were covered in ice and limbs snapped off all the time.

We just didn’t have the internet or the local Weather People going beserk predicting things, so we just dealt with them as they happened.

The good thing about the ‘prediction’ is that hopefully, many more people will be prepared.


30 posted on 01/30/2011 2:36:16 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: listenhillary

Engage the panic generators! The world will end in three days!


31 posted on 01/30/2011 2:37:46 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Col Frank Slade
I guess if I had to choose, I’d take snow over ice.

Having been through both types, I'd take 18" of snow over an ice storm. It may take a few days to dig out from snow, but might take a week or longer to get power back from the ice storm..

32 posted on 01/30/2011 2:44:30 PM PST by EVO X
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To: Jack Hydrazine

During the height of the storm, snow removal, rescue and emergency personnel will be grounded.

People that venture out into the storm and get into trouble will die.


33 posted on 01/30/2011 2:49:56 PM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: mothball
I like offices and schools closing for Marti Gras instead of snow!
34 posted on 01/30/2011 2:53:25 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: mothball

That’s horrible! :-)


35 posted on 01/30/2011 3:10:16 PM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: Dem Guard

Here in WDC the weather reporters have a grim visage whenever there is a cloud in Wyoming. Close schools...cancel all appointments...buy toilet paper, bread and milk...give all government workers more time with pay... Truly, I have never thought such weakness, whinyness and wimpiness could exist. These attitudes aren’t what make America great. Read one of the books about Shackelton’s travails in the 1910’s when stranded in Antarctica and his escape from likely death. None of his men died. Remember, winter is the cold season, it sometimes snows and sometimes ices.


36 posted on 01/30/2011 4:11:21 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: listenhillary
I tend to rely more on Accuweather than the Weather Channel. With that being said, weather people here in S.E. Michigan say we're going to get hammered but I'm betting it's going to slide south of us.........

A number of years ago the Weather Channel even sent a crew up here who set up their van just off I-75 and Big Beaver rd. to cover the snow debacle that was predicted.......

As I drove to work the following morning I turned into the lot where they were parked and yelled at them "where's the snow"?.........Metro airport was closed down in anticipation of the storm and we never got a flake............LOL!

37 posted on 01/30/2011 4:18:06 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: hal ogen
"Here in WDC the weather reporters have a grim visage whenever there is a cloud in Wyoming. Close schools...cancel all appointments...buy toilet paper, bread and milk...give all government workers more time with pay..."

If our leaders in DC gave as much attention to running our government as they do stocking up on milk and tp for a potential storm we might not be in the fix we are in. ;-)

38 posted on 01/30/2011 4:20:22 PM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: listenhillary

Cool! I get to exercise my generator!


39 posted on 01/30/2011 4:27:29 PM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: Houghton M.

Weather Channel reporter was showing pics of kids on sleds and then started her drama queen tirade because none of them had helmets on and wondered if any of them had been warned of any of the potential dangers so they would be extra careful. Just wears me out - it’s simply pathetic.


40 posted on 01/30/2011 6:00:43 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: listenhillary

They’re calling for a wintry mix in TN Wed. Jus’ wunnerful.
I’m trying to look at the bright side........the ground hog shouldn’t be scared by his shadow. LOL!
We’d be mighty happy with an early Spring after the crummy winter we’ve dealt with.


41 posted on 01/30/2011 9:01:28 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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