As for the update on Mini-Dew and her travels into her first encounter with snow... she and her father ended up detouring around Charleston, because conditions were just too rough there. They added about 4 hours to the route in the process, but it was worth it to arrive safely in Pittsburgh last night. Nevertheless, they did encounter lane closures on I79 and some patches of white-out conditions where the road indicators were her father's only guide. It was sure a relief to speak with her safe and warm at grandma's house. Snow continues to pummel the area, and Mini-Dew is excited about sledding on some hills they spotted along the way.
Locally, we are experiencing colder temperatures here than in many of the northern states. ... and the wind chill temps are even worse. Geographically, things are all out of whack. It's colder in Jacksonville than in Bangor. Insanity!The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a Hard Freeze Warning, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Fire Weather Watch, Red Flag Warning and (SHRIEK!) a Wind Chill Advisory!
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND WINDS ABOVE 5 MPH WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS COULD RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS... MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.Our departures from the normal temperatures are ridiculous and demonstrate the gravity of this direly cold situation.
I keep hearing that cold is relative, and I know that to be true. The south isn't designed for this kind of cold. Al Gore can kiss my frozen toes. They are still keeping s#@w verbiage in our forecast, not as a likelihood, but as a chance. My friend, last night, actually texted me a picture of her television, which showed clearly that SNOW was in her forecast for Friday, according to TWC. For her, it's a bit of irony, she spent the holiday with her family seeking out snow (something the kids had never seen), which they ended up finding in abundance in North Carolina. Unfortunately, rain is the more likely outcome, and rain and freezing temperatures spell a disastrous situation.
THE HIGHEST DAYTIME TEMPERATURES WILL BE ON THURSDAY WITH MID TO UPPER 50S AS WINDS SWING AROUND TO A SOUTHERLY DIRECTION AHEAD OF A STRONG COLD FRONT. THIS FRONT WILL ALSO BRING A CHANCE OF RAIN THURSDAY. THERE CONTINUES TO BE A VERY SLIGHT CHANCE THAT THE RAIN MAY CHANGE OVER TO LIGHT SNOW OR LIGHT SLEET OVER PORTIONS OF THE TRI-STATE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.Worse yet, this cold front means that the worst is yet to come.
AS COLD AS IT HAS BEEN THE PAST FEW DAYS...THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND WITH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN SOME INLAND LOCATIONS POSSIBLY DROPPING INTO THE LOWER TO MID TEENS AND HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30S TO LOWER 40SI am now, officially, geographically misplaced without a cause. I live in south Georgia because I am a cold weather wimp. After years of harsh Boston weather, bitter, frigid cut-through-you-like-a-knife-kind-of-cold, I was eager to get to a place where that doesn't happen, so I settled in south Georgia. Boy, was I misled!