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For those that heard the local grumblings, the good news is that today’s rain and mild temperatures have all but done away with the deplorable road conditions on Main St, particularly on the E Orleans side of the tracks. As the few that weathered the last round might attest, anyone having the nerve to drive faster than 10 mph was left to feel as though they were in the lead wagon of the Oklahoma land rush where the driver was promised an extra half acre for every rock and rut hit along the way. No sooner had a lost a filling and determined to start a Go Fund Me page or take point on a bake sale so that the town’s assumed plow force might upgrade from the assumed Prius Wagon with two plastic Christmas Tree Shop snow shovels duct taped to the front bumper, I was informed that, inexplicably, the roads were never treated ahead of the last bout of weather.


Moving on… We are currently under a Blizzard Watch and the shift to a warning looks to be based on when the transition to snow occurs and how long it may last. To satisfy Blizzard conditions, Mother Nature needs to produce considerable falling and/or blowing snow with sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph with visibility below a quarter mile for at least three hours. There is no shortage of wind in the forecast as the highest projections currently call for 30 – 40 mph winds with gusts touching the mid 60’s though alternate sources carve about 10 mph of either end of that range. On the snow front, we’re on the short end of the stick where anywhere from 1” – 3” to 4” – 6” is expected. Current temperatures in the upper 30’s are slated to actually climb into the low 40s by midnight before returning to the middle 30’s by morning where converging fronts look to create wind chills in the upper 20’s that should prompt the transition to snow.


Despite less snow bending boughs and suspect boughs having been cleared out by Thursday’s storm, sporadic outages may still be in the cards though temperatures on the back end of tomorrow’s winds are forecasted to be more forgiving should any outages occur. In addition, the wind window runs from 5 a.m. through 7 p.m.; coupled with diminished snow totals, power crews should find conditions far more favorable this go around. Until tomorrow…