As I talked about in my last blog, and made it pretty slippery for the morning drive today. Countless people sliding off the roads and some even causing main arteries of traffic to be shutdown for the morning commute. The ODOT webcams on the morning show were a key part in not only showing the backed up traffic, but even placed in locations perfect to show a few of the actual accidents.
Tonight the wet roads will refreeze so keep an eye out for icy locations, especially on back country roads that are not salted. It is also a good reminder to get your vehicle prepared for the winter, I added about 30 concrete blocks to the back of my truck today, with Dawn's help, who was off using a vacation day. Also might want to add that ice scraper, brush, blanket, extra clothes, few bottles of water, a flare, or anything else you might need to hunker down in your vehicle for a while.
Update on the mid-week storm. We could see an icy mix to start things off Tuesday evening, it will turn over to rain for Tuesday night. Heavy rain at times will persist thru Wednesday morning, and then temperatures will plummet, and winds will start becoming VERY VERY strong. We are talking about sustained winds about 30 miles per hour with gusts close to 50 at times. There will not be a lot of moisture on the backside of the storm when the temperatures drop into the twenties for highs on Thursday and Friday. We could see another dusting or maybe a light accumulation. Too far out to pin-point how much, but I'll be back on in the coming days, as always with updates.
18 days left!!!
Andrew Buck Michael