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This weekend's wacky weather involves snow and wind

4:11 p.m. Dec 16, 2007 : Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday

Snow Emergencies as of 2:49 p.m. Dec 16, 2007 :

  • Fulton County -- Level 2 Emergency.
  • Hancock County -- Level 3 Emergency.
  • Henry County -- Level 1 Emergency.
  • Lucas County -- Level 2 Emergency.
  • Sandusky County -- Level 2 Emergency.
  • Seneca County -- Level 3 Emergency.
  • Williams County -- Level 2 Emergency.
  • Wood County -- Level 2 Emergency.


Dec 15, 2007 :

  • As of 1:45 p.m., no snow has fallen in West Toledo.
  • Light snow began to fall in West Toledo around 2:10 p.m.
  • Toledo Metcalf Airport conditions at 5:15 p.m. : Light Snow Mist, 30 F, E-NE/10 mph.
  • Light snow still falling in West Toledo as of 5:25 p.m. Ground covered with a dusting.
  • Radar at 5:30 p.m. seems to indicate the heavier snow is east and south of Toledo.
  • The Weather Channel snowfall forecast map at 5:19 p.m. shows Toledo in the 6-12 inch range with heavier amounts expected north and west of Toledo.
  • Snow ended in West Toledo around 6:30 p.m. Less than a half inch has accumulated thus far.
  • Radar at 7:26 p.m. continues to show Toledo in the clear between snow areas. Heavier snow is in Michigan.
  • AccuWeather Toledo forecast :
    • Saturday: Snow, accumulating a coating to an inch.
    • Saturday Night: Breezy and cold with snow much of the time, accumulating 2-4 inches.
    • Sunday: Windy and cold with 2-4 inches of snow.
  • National Weather Service is forecasting for Toledo 4-6 inches of snow Saturday night and 3-5 on Sunday.
    • NWS predicted 2-4 inches during the day on Saturday, and that did not come close to happening, at least not in West Toledo.
  • Light snow began falling again in West Toledo between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Snow has temporarily ended again in West Toledo a little before 11:00 p.m. The grand total snow accumulation thus far is maybe a whopping one inch. But the roads around Toledo between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. ranged from just wet to really snow covered and slippery.
  • As of 11:00 p.m., the total snow accumulation prediction is now down to 4 to 8 inches. On Saturday morning, it started out as 9-15 inches. During the day Saturday and into the evening, the predicted accumulation range kept decreasing, dropping to 8-12, then 6-12, then 5-10, and now 4-8.
  • Late Saturday night, the NWS dropped the words "near blizzard conditions" from its latest weather statement.
  • The Toledo area will probably end up with only 4 to 6 inches of snow by Sunday evening, but the 20 to 30 mph winds on Sunday may keep the roads in open country mostly snow covered.

Dec 16, 2007

  • At 7:20 a.m., the total "precip" accumulation on the ground in West Toledo was 2 to 2.5 inches. About a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of that was a layer of ice under about 1.5 inches of snow. Around 1:45 a.m., I woke up from the sound of sleet pounding against the house and windows. The goop made for some heavier than expected shoveling this morning.
  • AccuWeather calls for 2 to 4 inches of snow today for Toledo. The National Weather Service says 3 to 5.
  • Toledo Express Airport weather at 7:52 a.m. : Light Snow Fog/Mist, 24 F, N 18mph Gust 24mph, Wind Chill=10 F.
  • At 8:30 a.m. in West Toledo, light snow is falling, and temp is 26. Over 40 juncos in the backyard.
  • A hardy snow shower between and 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Snow depths around our West Toledo home range from 2.75 inches in the back driveway to 3 to 4 inches in the front yard and front walk. Wind is blowing the snow around, so I'll wait for the pros to give us snowfall amounts.
  • It has certainly looked and acted like a real snowstorm between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Light to moderate snow, growling winds, snow moving nearly horizontally, low visibility, neighbor in love with his snowblower clearing out our driveway, Seinfeld season 9 on our DVD player, backyard birds in full panic mode in search of food. Will have to scatter more seed on the ground.
  • Radar at 12:30 p.m. indicates our snow should probably end by 3:00 p.m.
  • Snowfall intensity has decreased considerably in West Toledo between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., but wind speeds have increased over the past couple hours. At 1:05 p.m., snowfall has nearly ended and visibility has improved.
  • Toledo Express Airport conditions at 12:52 p.m. : Light Snow and Blowing Snow, 25 F, NW 21mph Gust 30mph, Visibility=1 mile, Wind Chill=11.
  • 1:15 p.m. snow depths around our West Toledo home vary between 5 and 7 inches because of the blowing snow.
  • The 1:00 p.m. Bills at Browns football games looks awesome. Field is completely covered with snow.
  • The sun peeked through improving skies late this afternoon, producing a nice sunset.
  • As of Sunday evening, it looks like the official snowfall amounts for the Toledo area range between 5 and 6 inches.

Latest Statement

National Weather Statement as of 4:11 p.m. Dec 16, 2007 :

The snow will continue to diminish... with little additional snow accumulation tonight. With 6 to 12 of storm total snowfall on the ground... winds gusting to 40 mph will create considerable blowing and drifting of snow... reducing visibilities and keeping roads snow covered and slick.

Latest Forecast

National Weather Service forecast as of 3:50 p.m. Sat Dec 16, 2007 :

Sunday Night: Cloudy. Windy with blowing and drifting snow. Snow showers likely this evening...continuing to taper overnight. Additional snow accumulation around an inch. Lows around 20. West winds 20 to 30 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph this evening. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Monday: Mostly cloudy in the morning...then clearing. Highs in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Links

NWS msg 11:08am Dec 14

National Weather Service statement at 11:08 a.m. Dec 14, 2007 :

The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in [northwest] Ohio :
  • Portage River at Woodville
  • Maumee River at Waterville

The Flood Warning continues for the Maumee River at Waterville until further notice.

  • At 10 am Friday the stage was 10.0 feet and steady.
  • Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.
  • Flood stage is 9.0 feet.
  • The river will fluctuate around 10.0 feet through Saturday morning... then begin a slow fall.
  • At 9.0 feet... flooding occurs in lowland areas near the river.

NWS msg 3:44pm Dec 14

National Weather Service statement at 3:44 p.m. Dec 14, 2007 :

Winter storm to affect Ohio and Pennsylvania this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a Winter Storm Warning... which is in effect from 12 PM Saturday to 4 PM EST Sunday.

Snow will develop across northwest and north central Ohio around midday Saturday. Precipitation will begin as snow but may mix with sleet and freezing rain Saturday night especially near Mansfield... Ashland... and Mount Vernon. Precipitation will change back to all snow Sunday morning before tapering off Sunday afternoon. Ice accumulations should generally be less than a quarter of an inch. Storm total snowfall accumulations are expected to range from 6 to 12 inches through midday Sunday in spots where sleet and freezing rain do not occur. Winds will increase Sunday and produce considerable blowing and drifting snow Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when severe winter weather is expected. Heavy snow and/or ice will cause hazardous driving conditions. If you will be traveling in the warning area you should choose an alternate Route if possible, or you should use extreme caution if travel is unavoidable. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other radio and TV stations for further details or updates.

NWS msg 9:13pm Dec 14

National Weather Service statement at 9:13 p.m. Dec 14, 2007 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 12 PM Saturday to 4 PM EST Sunday for northwest and north central Ohio.

Snow will develop across northwest and north central Ohio around midday Saturday and become heavy by Saturday night. The snow may mix with sleet and freezing rain Saturday night especially near the Interstate 71 corridor... near Mansfield... Ashland... and Mount Vernon. Storm total snow accumulations are expected to range from 6 to 12 inches through midday Sunday with somewhat less snow where sleet and freezing rain occur. Winds will increase Sunday and produce considerable blowing and drifting snow by Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening... especially across the open Countryside. North winds will become northwest with gusts of 35 to 40 mph.

If you have to go out Saturday night into Sunday... stay up to date on the latest winter storm warnings. Be aware that dangerous winter travel conditions are likely.

NWS msg 4:30am Dec 15

National Weather Service statement at 4:30 a.m. Dec 15, 2007 :

The Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 7 PM EST Sunday.

Snow will develop across northwest and north central Ohio this morning and could be heavy at times tonight and Sunday. The snow may mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain tonight. Storm total snow accumulations are expected to range from 6 to 12 inches through Sunday evening with somewhat less snow where sleet and freezing rain occur. Some locations near Toledo and Bowling Green could have over a foot of snow from this storm. Winds will increase Sunday and produce considerable blowing and drifting snow... especially across the open Countryside. North winds will become northwest with gusts of 35 to 40 mph. Near blizzard conditions may occur at times Sunday.

If you have to go out Saturday night into Sunday... stay up to date on the latest winter storm warnings. Be aware that dangerous winter travel conditions are likely.

NWS msg 11:50am Dec 15

National Weather Service statement at 11:50 a.m. Dec 15, 2007 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST Sunday.

Occasional snow will fall this afternoon and could be heavy at times tonight and Sunday. The snow may mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain tonight. Storm total snow accumulations are expected to range from 6 to 12 inches through Sunday evening with somewhat less snow where sleet and freezing rain occur.

Winds will increase Sunday and produce considerable blowing and drifting snow... especially across the open Countryside. North winds will become northwest with gusts of 35 to 40 mph. Near blizzard conditions may occur at times Sunday.

NWS msg 3:45pm Dec 15

National Weather Service statement at 3:45 p.m. Dec 15, 2007 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST Sunday.

Occasional snow tonight will mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain. Any mixed precipitation will change back to all snow on Sunday. Storm total accumulations are expected to range from 6 to 12 inches through Sunday evening with somewhat less snow where sleet and freezing rain occur.

Winds will increase Sunday and produce considerable blowing and drifting snow... especially across the open Countryside. North winds will become northwest with gusts of 35 to 40 mph. Near blizzard conditions may occur at times Sunday.

If you have to go out Saturday night into Sunday... stay up to date on the latest winter storm warnings. Be aware that dangerous winter travel conditions are likely.

NWS msg 10:24pm Dec 15

National Weather Service statement at 10:24 p.m. Dec 15, 2007 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST Sunday.

Occasional snow tonight will mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain... especially east of Interstate 75. Precipitation may be light for a while overnight. Heavier precipitation will develop early Sunday morning and mixed precipitation will change back to all snow Sunday morning.

Storm total accumulations are expected to range from 4 to 8 inches by Sunday evening. Winds will increase Sunday and produce considerable blowing and drifting snow... especially across the open Countryside. North winds will become northwest with gusts of 35 to 40 mph.

The snow will taper off by Sunday evening.

NWS msg 4:48am Dec 16

National Weather Service statement at 4:48 a.m. Dec 16, 2007 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this
evening.

Any mix precipitation early this morning will rapidly change to just snow. Snow accumulations will range from 2 to 5 inches. The winds will also start to increase by late morning with gusts up to 45 mph possible. This will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow... especially across the open Countryside.

Motorists will need to use caution as visibilities will be low at times... travel could be difficult. The snow will taper off Sunday evening. Some blowing and drifting snow will continue into the nighttime hours.

NWS msg 10:50am Dec 16

National Weather Service statement at 10:50 a.m. Dec 16, 2007 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening.

Afternoon snow accumulations will range from 3 to 5 inches. This will bring storm total snow accumulations to 6 to 12 inches for Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area where the snow has been falling for most of the morning. Toward Mansfield... total accumulations will be 4 to 6 inches.

Gusts up to 45 mph are possible this afternoon. This will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow... especially across the open Countryside. Motorists will need to use caution as visibilities will be low at times... and travel could be difficult.

The snow will taper off Sunday evening. Some blowing and drifting snow will continue into the nighttime hours.

NWS msg 4:11pm Dec 16

National Weather Service statement at 4:11 p.m. Dec 16, 2007 :

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening. The snow will continue to diminish... with little additional snow accumulation tonight. With 6 to 12 of storm total snowfall on the ground... winds gusting to 40 mph will create considerable blowing and drifting of snow... reducing visibilities and keeping roads snow covered and slick. Use extreme caution if venturing out this evening.

Severe Weather Map

Map as of 10:36 p.m. Dec 14, 2007 - enlarge image

Radar

Dec 15

Regional radar image at 10:15 a.m. Dec 15 indicates snow over the Toledo area, but at 10:45 a.m., it's not snowing.


Local radar from about 9:00 a.m. Dec 15


Regional radar at 5:30 p.m. Dec 15


Local radar at 5:31 p.m. Dec 15


Local radar at 7:26 p.m. Dec 15


Regional radar at 11:30 p.m. Dec 15


Local radar at 11:26 p.m. Dec 15

Dec 16

Regional radar at 8:00 a.m. Dec 16


Local radar at 8:14 a.m. Dec 16


Regional radar at 12:30 p.m. Dec 16


Local radar at 12:36 p.m. Dec 16

Road Conditions

Status of area roads for the following counties according to BuckeyeTraffic.org :

Dec 16, 2007

  • Lucas - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 8:39 a.m.
  • Wood - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 7:33 a.m.
  • Fulton - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 6:27 a.m.
  • Henry - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 8:35 a.m.
  • Ottawa - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 8:28 a.m.
  • Hancock - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 11:57 p.m. last night
  • Sandusky - Moderate Snow/Ice - as of 7:57 a.m.

Snow Forecast Map

Weather Channel Precipitation Forecast Maps.
White = 3-6 inches of snow.
Light purple = 6-12 inches of snow.
Dark purple = 12+ inches of snow.

5:19 p.m. Dec 15, 2007


7:18 p.m. Dec 15, 2007


11:22 p.m. Dec 15, 2007

Snowfall Amounts

From National Weather Service public statements on Dec 16, 2007 :

Snow on the ground

  • Sylvania Township 5.0 inches as of 10:59 a.m. Dec 16
  • Toledo 6.0 inches as of 7:07 p.m. Dec 16
  • Maumee 5.0 inches as of 6:48 p.m. Dec 16
  • Toledo Airport 5.0 inches as of 7:00 p.m. Dec 16
  • Fremont 7.0 inches as of 5:38 p.m. Dec 16
  • Oak Harbor 4.0 inches as of 8:00 p.m. Dec 16
  • Bowling Green 5.0 inches as of 8:27 p.m. Dec 16 (ODOT)
  • Findlay 6.0 inches as of 7:00 p.m. Dec 16 (ODOT)
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Comments ... #

I'm PRAYING for major snow by 4:00 PM so that I can safely avert a family get together...LOL! I've even thought about doing a snow dance in the woods...LOL! Can you tell I DON'T want to go to this get together?

posted by justsimplyholly on Dec 14, 2007 at 06:09:55 pm     #  

Well, I was hoping for a little more visit time with my stepsister and niece this morning, but the fact that they've bumped up the timeline on the warning indicates that might not be a good idea.

On the other hand, I'm off this weekend until Monday morning, so bring on the winter weather! (Although the boyfriend does still have to go in at 2.)

And justsimplyholly? Been there, more than once! :) I'll cross my fingers for you.

posted by valbee on Dec 15, 2007 at 08:34:52 am     #  

OK---here's the best part of all this:

Football in the snow.

Bills-Browns in big game in Cleveland Sunday. Steelers and whoever they play in Pittsburgh Sunday. Patriots and Jets, not so much in snow, but playing in a serious 'noreaster' (brutal wind, rain, freezing rain) Sunday.

Stock up on provisions, firewood, and beverages of choice and enjoy.

posted by McCaskey on Dec 15, 2007 at 09:04:56 am     #  

Latest National Weather Service statement :

Some locations near Toledo and Bowling Green could have over a foot of snow from this storm. North winds will become northwest with gusts of 35 to 40 mph. Near blizzard conditions may occur at times Sunday.

Forecast as of this morning is calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow Saturday, 4 to 6 Saturday night, and 3 to 5 on Sunday. But we may get some freezing rain and sleet at times, which will reduce our total snowfall amount.

posted by jr on Dec 15, 2007 at 09:15:21 am     #  

holly - I, too, have a family get-together, but I'm looking forward to it. :)

However, I'm not looking forward to shovelling our very long driveway...and, unlike when I was young, I don't have any kids roaming the neighborhood offering to do it for me...

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:36:33 am     #  

Maggie,
I can recommend a good snow removal company ;-)

I wish I looked forward to these family gatherings, but I dread them big time! My father passed away when I was 14, and my mom remarried a man with 3 grown children of his own 4 years later. The difference between me and "them" is that I was raised on a farm, I'm a very down to earth person. They were raised in the lap of luxury, never wanting or needing for anything. I don't begrudge them, but I get tired of all the snide and snotty comments because I drive a car that is 16 years old and I don't pay $100 for my jeans. I don't try to compete anymore, I just avoid them. But my mother and step father turned 70 this week, so there is a big surprise party for them tonight. As much as I want to be there for my mother, the thought of being around everyone else has caused my ulcer to go into over drive the past few days! Even my kids don't want to go...LOL!

posted by justsimplyholly on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:57:26 am     #  

that's a shame, holly...for me it's my father-in-law's 80th birthday and the party is about 10 miles into Michigan near where they live, so I'm not looking forward to the trip with expected weather.

However, they're planning on showing old videos and photos so I'm sure I'll get to see some great pics of hubby when he was little.

Although, it won't be as much fun as hubby has work commitments all weekend and won't be there...

as for the snow removal company - sounds expensive - if I could get it done for about $20 that'd be great, otherwise, I'll just do it myself...

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 15, 2007 at 12:16:11 pm     #  

HEY, I'm going to Michigan too, are you stalking me? LOL Your party actually sounds like it will be fun! I'm sure mine will be OK, but I just dread it, so that's why ulcer is acting up.

Not sure about the $20 price, I'll have to ask him, but I don't think he has any others that he does out in the point, so I doubt it, sorry! But if I find out otherwise I'll let you know ASAP! :D

posted by justsimplyholly on Dec 15, 2007 at 12:43:02 pm     #  

I was supposed to go to livonia today for a business meeting,but we decided to not go just incase cause we didn't wanna be stranded up there.

As far as snow removal thats why I love being in construction. All I have to do is bring home our bobcat and the drive is done in 10 min and sidewalks I use the 4-wheeler with a plow on it.

posted by camaroman2125 on Dec 15, 2007 at 01:45:11 pm     #  

Snow is just now starting here. Too late to cancel my plans for tonight, but at least it's starting! My sis lives in Adrian and she says she's already got a snow cover, but my mom, who lives near the MI/Ohio border, hasn't gotten a single snowflake yet..LOL!

posted by justsimplyholly on Dec 15, 2007 at 02:22:15 pm     #  

Snow makes winter way more fun and interesting. Sledding and snowball fights.

posted by charlatan on Dec 15, 2007 at 03:22:39 pm     #  

BAH, Humbug.

posted by Darkseid on Dec 15, 2007 at 04:25:02 pm     #  

it's started...the Point has snow that is beginning to stick...but it's blowing almost horizontally off the bay....

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 15, 2007 at 04:39:04 pm     #  

Live driveway coverage on my blog of the Blizzard of 2007. Guaranteed updates until the snow stops or when I become bored, whichever happens first.

posted by historymike on Dec 15, 2007 at 09:39:41 pm     #  

OK, M 52 in Lenawee County, MI, State Route 109 in Fulton County, Ohio, State Route 20 in Fulton and Lucas counties and State Route 295 in Lucas county are all in HORRID shape right now. I just drove home from Adrian, what is normally a 45 minute drive took 1 1/2 hours. I never went about 35 MPH on 20 (Central Ave) and didn't pass any salt trucks. So if you're going on any of those roads tonight please be careful!

posted by justsimplyholly on Dec 15, 2007 at 10:57:04 pm     #  

Initial road conditions aside, I feel a lot less threatened by this so-called storm than that ice we just went through. It's 10pm Saturday night and there's barely an inch out there. We're in good shape and we've lucked out once again. Tomorrow, I'm going to go out, brush off the car, and then just get in and drive away. Oooh, scary!

posted by GuestZero on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:13:34 pm     #  

According to what I've heard GZ, the "worst" of it is due to come in tonight after midnight. I didn't catch tonights news though, so that could have changed since this morning.

The snow wasn't the problem on the roads that I drove on tonight, it was the fact that they were slick because on top of the snow we were getting a sleet/rain combo at the time.

posted by justsimplyholly on Dec 15, 2007 at 11:59:38 pm     #  

Well, is 3am, and the snow just ain't comin'. There seems to be some slickness on top now, but with the trucks working all night, the major thoroughfares should be perfectly fine by noon. We'll see if another icing is about to happen by late morning. I just brushed off the car out of sheer boredom. For now, I'm underwhelmed.

posted by GuestZero on Dec 16, 2007 at 03:46:49 am     #  

And that intellicast radar map is also fairly tame. Reading the legend, most of that stuff (blues) is precipitation that is basically a mist, and the other stuff (greens) is very light by the time it reaches the ground. Really, "Lake Erie West" is once again catching very little of a scary winter storm. One would think that Lew would be on here, crowing about this fine regional characteristic.

posted by GuestZero on Dec 16, 2007 at 03:51:23 am     #  

/\
That's probably one of the funniest comments on here. I LOL'd fo' realzies.

The area also hasn't had a volcano eruption, hurricane, war, foreign attack in quite sometime...accentuate the positive with a little sleight of hand and misdirection.

I'm greasing up my recycling bin to go sledding after shut-ins.

posted by charlatan on Dec 16, 2007 at 04:14:13 am     #  

Pretty sloppy at 7 AM, but happily I can stay in and watch football after going to Kroger's last night.

posted by Darkseid on Dec 16, 2007 at 08:54:55 am     #  

Well, I am not even touching my driveway until this afternoon. They say it will taper off then.

Luckily I am stocked up on essentials. Wine, beer, champagne, Grey Goose....

posted by Ryan on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:19:20 am     #  

Coming home last night, I-75 wasn't too bad...but I had a pickup with 4WD. However, it's one of the few times I've driven it in such conditions so I was doing about 50-55 mph. Most were going about the same speed but some a bit faster. The vehicles I was with were travelling only in the right two lanes.

There was sleet and freezing rain in the Point last night. All my East and North windows are frozen over and I cannot see out any of them. I don't know about road conditions as I don't expect to be going out at all today.

However, it's still snowing here, so I'm putting off the shovelling of the driveway until much later...

Ryan - sounds like you've got all the necessities - party at your house????

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:34:53 am     #  

OH NOES!!11!1!11one!!11!!eleven!11!

Gosh, what a "storm"!

There could be, what, 3 inches out there? Maybe? MAYBE.

Heavens to Betsy, whatever shall I do? Oh, gee, I know: I walk out to my car, brush it off, and DRIVE AWAY!

Oh, wait! WAIT! I'm stuck in my house! Yeah! I'm stuck here since I'm doubled over in laughter from this pure pussy of a storm. GuestZero can't leave his residence since he's laughing TOO HARD!

Oh, wait again! Maybe it's not the quantity, but the quality! Yep, this is Temperature Terrorism for sure. Undeniable! The Dept. of Fatherland Security (note: Sieg Heil!) is gonna make TRILLIONS of arrests in the next 24 hours! That'll show those terrorist snowflakes! Not only will we then be safe from Temperature Terrorism, but we'll set a new world's record for the most arrests at any one event!

This storm is about as lame as a Ludeman campaign for mayor. Now, THAT is lame!

P.S. As always, I appreciate Jr bringing us the news in this fashion. :^)

posted by GuestZero on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:48:34 am     #  

Way more than 3 inches in the Point. But then again, you always spread sunshine around so could you drive over here and melt it for me and Mags? Thanks!

posted by Ryan on Dec 16, 2007 at 11:55:15 am     #  

This storm is about as lame as a Ludeman campaign for mayor. Now, THAT is lame!

Since I had to drive to work in this "lame" storm at 6:30 this morning, I can assure you all that it is extremely hazardous out there. Underneath the white coating of snow was frozen slush. That would be from the freezing rain that hit at about 4:00am.

Sorry Zero, I'm gonna have to disagree with you on this one.

posted by FatBabe44 on Dec 16, 2007 at 12:28:48 pm     #  

we got pounded here in rossford also. Bout 8 inches on my driveway and then that thin layer of ice under it. And its snowing hard enough where with the wind its hard to see.

posted by camaroman2125 on Dec 16, 2007 at 12:48:35 pm     #  

as of noon, it's blowing and snowing in the Point...visibility is for about a half our block...cannot see the other side of the Maumee Bay, or Grassy Island. However, some of that could be lake effect...

I don't know that it's so hazardous out there for this to qualify as a huge storm (at least - not like '78) ... but it's a good excuse to do nothing today!

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 16, 2007 at 01:03:23 pm     #  

We've got about 7 or 8 inches on the ground here right now, most of it came in after 5:00 AM. It's still coming down good, so I expect we'll get at least another inch or two before it's over. Definitely not going anywhere today, but the hubby is out playing in the 4WD...LOL! It sure is pretty though! And my bird feeder has never been so popular as it is today. At one point we had about 8 different types of birds eating at the same time, it was really neat to see!

posted by justsimplyholly on Dec 16, 2007 at 01:15:05 pm     #  

Just a word to the wise.

This is one of the heaviest snows I've ever shoveled.

It's friggin' heart attack snow.

There's at least two coatings of ice on this sucker and it's heavy as hell.

I just did my fairly long driveway, back deck and path through backyard for our dog.

I'm done and ready to watch NFL in the snow.

Seriously, be careful moving this stuff around.

posted by McCaskey on Dec 16, 2007 at 01:48:41 pm     #  

There could be, what, 3 inches out there? Maybe? MAYBE.

Three inches? Where the f#ck do you live?

posted by McCaskey on Dec 16, 2007 at 01:53:53 pm     #  

more than three inches out here...

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 16, 2007 at 02:28:14 pm     #  

I measured the snow in our front yard at 1:15 p.m, and the snow depth varied between 5 and 7 inches. It's tough to say for sure how much has fallen because of the snow having been blown around today.

The snow ended in West Toledo around 1:00 p.m., and based upon the radar, that might be the end of the snow.

The Bills-Browns football game looks awesome.

posted by jr on Dec 16, 2007 at 02:34:46 pm     #  

I just got done with half my driveway and the wind is still bad. Eating homemade chicken noodle soup and warming up before finishing.

posted by Ryan on Dec 16, 2007 at 02:52:49 pm     #  

Everytime we get one of our NW Ohio snowstorms and everybody freaks out, I wonder if we could ever handle the types of storms that they get in the northeast with FEET of snow, not mere inches :)

However, I agree with McCaskey- this is the type of snow that requires a dose of Motrin for the aching muscles that come after shoveling! I think it's the slush/ice that's under the snow that makes it tough.

posted by dell_diva on Dec 16, 2007 at 02:55:44 pm     #  

The east coast seems to get it worse with every passing year. No thanks - nice place to visit (in the summer and fall), but I will take Ohio.

posted by Ryan on Dec 16, 2007 at 03:26:22 pm     #  

Must be nice to sit home and watch it out the window folks! I work somewhere that has to deal with the problems this ice and snow causes. It's not fun for us at all. (I know, I'm whining) :).

I hope the trees in your neighborhood are in good shape so no snow/ice-heavy limbs take down your cable lines so you can watch that football game! Haha! :)

posted by FatBabe44 on Dec 16, 2007 at 03:28:49 pm     #  

I give major kudos to the people who work in this. I remember last year when we got that 10 inches or so and was amazed when my mail person came walking up my drive! Nobody is getting anything in the mail that can't wait a day.Good grief.

posted by Ryan on Dec 16, 2007 at 04:01:09 pm     #  

I think part of it is that we don't usually get a lot of snow - and certainly not all at one time. Quite often, the storms pass us by...

If we got the type of snow the NE gets on a regular basis, I think we'd be better prepared for it. As it is, we see no need to have a snow blower for the one - maybe two - times a year we'd use it. But if we were in the NE? Well, then it would be a necessity.

And many thanks to our kind neighbor who plowed the street with his truck/shovel this afternoon!!!!

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 16, 2007 at 05:43:56 pm     #  

Oh - and the sun's out!!!

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 16, 2007 at 05:46:56 pm     #  

Yes it is...very pretty late afternoon-December setting.

posted by McCaskey on Dec 16, 2007 at 06:11:23 pm     #  

Took me ten min to do my driveway and sidewalks. The thing that took the longest was getting the bobcat off the trailer and bringing it around the block. Two swipes and I was done with the driveway. and then got out the 4-wheeler and had the sidewalks done in about 5 min.

posted by camaroman2125 on Dec 16, 2007 at 07:49:20 pm     #  

Snow on the ground info from the National Weather Service as of Dec 16, 2007 for the following locations and reporting times :

  • Sylvania Township 5.0 inches as of 10:59 a.m.
  • Toledo 6.0 inches as of 7:07 p.m.
  • Maumee 5.0 inches as of 6:48 p.m.
  • Toledo Airport 5.0 inches as of 7:00 p.m.
  • Fremont 7.0 inches as of 5:38 p.m.
  • Oak Harbor 4.0 inches as of 8:00 p.m.
  • Bowling Green 5.0 inches as of 8:27 p.m.
  • Findlay 6.0 inches as of 7:00 p.m.

posted by jr on Dec 17, 2007 at 01:30:24 am     #  

Ryan, you must have an awsome mailman. I haven't seen mine since thursday.

posted by tm2 on Dec 17, 2007 at 02:44:08 pm     #  

snow falls...interesting to see the amount that fell...however, that's not how much ended up in my driveway due to the blowing and drifting that occurred...Oh well...

posted by MaggieThurber on Dec 17, 2007 at 03:25:31 pm     #  

This was a ridiculous storm. It DEFINITELY fell under the category of "slow news day". So my heart rate got into the comfortable workout range. Big effin' deal. The landlord's old snowblower did clog, since the underlayer was wet, but we manly types can shovel like we've done for decades. Hup! Hup! Hup!

The ice coating on the car was a little annoying, but I got some practice with that last week. Again, "Big Whoop".

Wake me up when a REAL storm comes through. This was just "winter weather". We've had fairly light snow years for the last 3, so getting socked 4 or 5 times this winter will just even things out.

I must state clearly: Any snowfall that doesn't cause me to shovel OUT my car is not a snowfall out of line with "winter weather". It's Ohio, it's Winter, so I fail to see what the big deal is.

If there's anything here that makes the event more annoying than usual, it's the perhaps slow or lame response from the plows. Maybe the roads department puts them out in force when a 10-incher happens. Dunno.

posted by GuestZero on Dec 18, 2007 at 02:15:33 am     #