Weather is wet and wild
Friday's snow melts away to icy mess
February 06, 2008TRI-CITY AREA — Friday afternoon found Ken Campbell shoveling off his N. Hunter St. driveway, again. The four inches of snow that fell didn't warrant using his snowblower, which he's already pulled out several times this winter, but he didn't mind.
"I like the workout," the Capac resident said.
Although not as severe as originally predicted, Friday's storm prompted school cancellations and kept crews busy salting and scraping roads. From then on, the weather never really settled.
Come Friday afternoon, precipitation cycled between rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow.
Saturday morning again proved dicey when more mixed precipitation left roads slick.
Again, Monday morning brought light snow showers followed by rain later in the day. Tuesday morning dawned to heavy fog and a winter weather advisory was issued for Tuesday night.
One week ago, high winds and bitter cold temperatures topped headlines. Over the last seven days temperatures have ranged from eight degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees.
Despite the range of severe weather, local police agencies didn't report any serious mishaps.
"We were really quiet," Almont Police Secretary Gloria Howe said.
"We were all sitting around waiting. On the day it was really icy, we thought there would be a lot of people in ditches, but it turned out to be a safe day. That's the way we like it."
The National Weather Service's weather historian Bill Deedler said his predictions for an active winter with variable temperatures has proved true so far.
"An active storm track was forecast for this winter resulting in above normal precipitation and widely fluctuating temperatures," Deedler said in an update to his outlook.
"Up through late January, that has been the case (and then some) with a cold to mild December, warm to cold January and all encased in frequent storms bringing above normal precipitation (including snowfall)."
He said two prominent weather features are to blame: La Nina and the North Atlantic/Arctic Oscillation (NOA).
So while it doesn't appear the current weather pattern will shift any time soon, motorists are cautioned to be well prepared when they hit the roads.
In the event that you become stranded in your car after a spin out or accident here are some suggestions for a 'preparedness' car kit from the Michigan State Police.
• A small battery-powered
radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight with extra
• Cellular phone
• Jumper cables
• Fire extinguisher
• Bottled water
• Tire repair kit and pump
• Nonperishable, high-
Also, before heading out, make sure you have at least a half tank of gasoline and be sure to fill up before a storm is forecast in the event gas station supplies run low as a result of the storm.