Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winter Storm Draco: Blizzard Warnings in the Midwest - Weather Alert Update 19-12-2012

Winter Storm DRACO to Hit Upper Midwest with BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

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UPDATE: 20.12.2012 00:37 CST - 28 deg. SNOW
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UPDATE: 19.12.2012 18:07 CST - 33 deg. Fog/Mist - Madison

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 2:31 p.m.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is readying the troops as a strong winter storm makes its way to Wisconsin.
Walker Wednesday declared a State of Emergency as the storm advances toward the Badger State. The order mobilizes state resources, including the Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the State Patrol and other agencies.
The State Patrol is recommending against travel during the storm.
Forecasters say the storm will include blizzard conditions. The heaviest snow is expected to arrive after midnight and continue throughout the day on Thursday. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph by Thursday afternoon should make travel treacherous.
The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings for at least eight south central counties for Thursday afternoon.
Copyright 2012: Associated Press
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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 1:00 p.m.
DENVER (AP) -- A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains could cause headaches for travelers in the Midwest.
Drivers in Iowa and Nebraska are being warned to be careful or stop driving altogether starting Wednesday evening as the first major winter storm of the season heads into the central Plains. Strong winds are expected to create blizzard conditions.
Light snow is also expected at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Thursday and strong winds could make visibility poor. National Weather Service forecaster Jamie Enderlen says that, combined with low clouds, could cause delays at the nation's second-busiest airport.
Delays at Denver's airport, the fifth-busiest, were averaging 30 minutes because of snow and ice Wednesday. Interstates in Colorado remained open.
Copyright 2012: Associated Press
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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 12:46 p.m.
From the Governor's Office:
Madison – Today, Governor Walker issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in response to the upcoming winter storm. Heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected to be moving across the state beginning on December 19, 2012. The Executive Order will ready the Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the State Patrol, and other Wisconsin state agencies.
“I issued this executive order to make sure Wisconsin is prepared for whatever this winter storm may bring,” Governor Walker said. “Mobilizing our state agency resources during this storm will ensure we leave nothing to chance when it comes to protecting the citizens of Wisconsin.”
The Wisconsin State Patrol and the National Weather Service are urging citizens to avoid traveling. Emergency Operation Centers (E.O.C.) will open tonight at 8 PM when the E.O.C. status is changed to level 3. Level 4 is the status under normal conditions. Changing the level will be the first stage of activation for Wisconsin Emergency Managment. The Department of Administration will be the point of contact regarding all state closures.
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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 12:15 p.m.
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST IOWA...
AND SOUTHWEST INTO CENTRAL WISCONSIN.
.DAY ONE...THOUGH TONIGHT
A BLIZZARD WARNING GOES INTO EFFECT TONIGHT AT 6 PM AND WILL LAST
UNTIL MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT. HEAVY SNOW WILL BEGIN TO FALL TONIGHT
WITH SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE TO TWO INCHES PER HOUR TIMES. 8 TO 10
INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED BY DAY BREAK THURSDAY MORNING.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY
HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH THURSDAY WITH AN ADDITIONAL
6 TO 8 INCHES EXPECTED...BRINGING THE STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL TO 14 TO
18 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. NORTHWEST WINDS
WILL RAPIDLY INCREASE WITH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH AND GUSTS TO 40 MPH
EXPECTED. THESE STRONG WINDS...COMBINED WITH THE HEAVY SNOWFALL...
WILL LEAD TO BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THURSDAY.
ONLY EMERGENCY TRAVEL SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED ON THURSDAY. STAY IN AND
BE SAFE. SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE AS WELL.
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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 10:53 a.m.
...MAJOR WINTER STORM TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...
A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPING OVER THE PANHANDLE OF
TEXAS TODAY WILL TRACK NORTHEAST INTO THE GREAT LAKES REGION AS A
MAJOR WINTER STORM ON THURSDAY. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH THAT THERE
WILL BE A PARALYZING SNOW STORM IN PORTIONS OF WISCONSIN...WITH
BLIZZARD OR NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS LIKELY.
MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-SAUK-COLUMBIA-IOWA-DANE-LAFAYETTE-GREEN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MONTELLO...BERLIN...BARABOO...PORTAGE...
WISCONSIN DELLS...DODGEVILLE...MADISON...DARLINGTON...MONROE
1026 AM CST WED DEC 19 2012
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO NOON CST THURSDAY...
...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT
CST THURSDAY NIGHT...
THE BLIZZARD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO
MIDNIGHT CST THURSDAY NIGHT. A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN
EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY.
* TIMING...THE MORE SIGNIFICANT SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING AND
DIMINISH THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVIEST SNOW
EXPECTED FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO ABOUT NOON THURSDAY.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...12 TO 17 INCHES. THUNDERSNOW WITH RATES
OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR MAY BRIEFLY OCCUR.
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH TONIGHT BECOMING NORTHWEST 20
TO 30 MPH ON THURSDAY...WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH.
* IMPACTS...TRAVEL BECOMING DIFFICULT TONIGHT AND CONTINUING
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING. SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW AND POTENTIAL FOR NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY...WHITEOUTS...AND
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.



 

 


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Winter Storm Draco: Blizzard Warnings in the Midwest

Chris Dolce, Jon Erdman, Nick Wiltgen Published: Dec 19, 2012, 5:21 PM EST weather.com

Winter Storm Draco

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Draco's Snows Move East

Blizzard warnings are in effect across a swath of the central states from the central Plains to Wisconsin as Winter Storm Draco heads into the Midwest.
(MORE:  Winter storm names list | Why name winter storms?)
Draco has already delivered heavy snow and strong winds to the West. Now, "phase two" of the storm is underway and will severely impact travel in the Midwest through Thursday. As we close out the week, Draco will sweep through the East Coast with rain and wind while turning on the lake-effect snow machine in the Great Lakes.
(MORE: Draco snow, wind reports)
We've got the complete details on Draco through the end of the week beginning with the Midwest blizzard next.



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Significant Events:
• Sandy/Nor’easter recovery
• Winter storm-Midwest U.S.
Significant Weather:
• Cold and stormy pattern continues with heavy snow – Midwest U.S.
• Heavy snow and possible icing - Northern New England
• Critical Fire Weather: Oklahoma
• Red Flag Warnings: Texas
• Space Weather: No space weather storms observed or predicted
Tropical Activity: No tropical cyclone activity threatening U.S. territories
Earthquake Activity:  No significant activity
Declaration Activity:  Amendment No. 8 to FEMA-4085-DR-NY

Source: FEMA Operational Briefing
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