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January 31-February 2 Historic Winter Storm part 9


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I get the feeling that for some in Southern Wisconsin, snow depth will be well over 2 feet and perhaps pushing 3 feet if we can get some intense snow bands. The snow is relatively heavy, and the winds have been gusty all afternoon and evening so far. West Allis is reporting 48 mph gusts and Waukesha 51 mph gusts.

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I'm tempted to go there and see if I can find those amounts. For being so close, we have a fair amount less.

Hard to tell really. My best guess measurement is 3" here, though I assume sleet compacts rather easily. Of course it did snow heavily at times over on the westside today. :whistle:

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<br />Yes, perfect description. Thanks. A freakin' icy sand box.  <img src='http://img.amwx.us/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' /><br />

I've driven in 6" of sleet. Traction was actually excellent -- until a couple days later when it got compacted into a sheet. Then, watch out.

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Just nuts out there... I know this is going to sound terrible but its really not even an enjoyable event.. I like watching the flakes fall and stack up no matter how little or big the snowfall.. this just blows around in swirls and creates next to whiteouts - Not exciting to me at all. I had a 9-10 inch snowpack in the wind tunnel and its down to pickers sticking out lol.

Can't believe I'm even saying the above but I just despise wind when it snows.

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Absolutely insane outside right now. Winds are gusting 50-55 mph. I am not even going to bother trying to take a snowfall measurement as its way too nasty out there. The Illinois state police have been ordered to abandon their vehicle at the nearest off ramp and have IDOT snowplows pick them up. IDOT will be pulling their trucks off the interstates after they pick the troopers up. This is a once in a lifetime event for me. Unbelievable!! :thumbsup:

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Getting blasted here now. Effective ground vis is down to a few hundred feet. Hard to believe the main show is still a couple of hours away.

It is like atmospheric magic. A meteorologist could not have co-located everything at once at the same time over one area. Tanking mid level heights with the incoming PV max, the most divergent portion of that upper jet coupling, strong 600-800 frontal forcing, strong low level moist theta-e advection into the frontal circulation, and extreme convergence into the low level cyclone. I am thinking this is going to be ripping heavy TSSN over N IL like nothing before.

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