the weather is so crazy they can only forecast it as ‘liquid’

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 yesterday, it hit the 40+ degree zone. it was the first time in 5 weeks, this has happened. however, we are told not to get too comfortable, for today, and the next 24 hours, we are expected to be hit with a variety of ‘liquid’ weather events

“We’ll be exchanging one weather headache for another over the next 36 hours,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tilley said. “It’s going to be a very active period.” Most of the Lower Peninsula should get at least one-half inch of liquid. The western Upper Peninsula will have most of the precipitation fall in the form of snow. 

The weather service is predicting:

 a drop in temperatures to the low 20s overnight 

followed by:

 an early morning wintery mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

the majority of the mix will be freezing rain

 road surfaces should be pretty manageable, just be a matter of how much snow we get

 expecting rain throughout the day and maybe even a rumble of thunder or two

with the storm drains clogged with snow we’re going to get some ponding on the roadways that could be difficult 

 rain is expected to fall on the region between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as temperatures reach the mid 40s. milder air coming up from the south is bringing the warmer temperatures but will also lead to fog in the afternoon and evening as it sweeps over the snow on ground

we could be looking at some very impacted visibility between the snowfall and the fog. and we haven’t even gotten to the wind yet

the wind is expected to move in along with a cold front Thursday night between 8 p.m. and midnight

gusts up to 50 miles per hour, it’s going to be very substantial

 the front will be bringing temperatures back down to where they had been. not quite as bad as when we were getting the polar vortexes, but certainly bringing the highs back below freezing for the weekend

with the drains clogged there could certainly be some risk for ponding on roads and some other flooding problems

not exactly sure how to dress for this series of ‘liquid events’ but it is sure to be one wild ride.

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  1. Wow – we don’t have ‘liquid’ events over here, even though we have more than enough liquid pouring on us right now! Good luck with it all – they sound about as knowledgeable as our forecasters! 😀

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    • Oh, Jon Jefferson, that’s awful, but I can totally see that happening.
      This morning I was sliding in my boots on ice and by this afternoon there wasn’t any ice, but there was lots and lots of rain. Then the fog came in. I’m waiting for rainbows, unicorns, and glitter to fall from the sky tomorrow.

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      • I have this really bad habit of reading and commenting in bed which is the cause of many typos and incoherent sentences. That’s why my comment above says 11kindred spirits, in case you thought I was speaking in code.

        In January my weather app sent an alert to my phone that read, “Freezing fog advisory”.” I reposted it on Facebook with the following headline, “This just in from Chicken Little:…

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      • leslie – no problem – i can read through the lines, i’m a good translator, i teach kindergarten and can read most anything. and i also write that way myself, often.

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  2. aloha KSBeth. i remember days like this. well. not exactly like this. just. . . . weather. all day and all night long. yeah, there is going to be weather.

    of course i remember too that some people who live in the long winters around one of the poles have something like 36 different words for snow. the kind of snow it is. maybe we are just catching on to this kind of distinction.

    yeah. it’s supposed to be weather here too. bundle in layers. that’s how i’d dress for your weather. for mine. . . . okay i’ll dress in layers too. just a little thinner layers probably.

    as long as it’s going to be weathering outside, have fun. and if you dont have fun, make some. (okay, that’s just my philosophy) aloha.

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  3. I went out the door this morning to find a little powder from last night’s mini flurry drop, weirdest thing to look at since winter is almost over, One might think the weather system has gone all nuts lol

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  4. Wild ride. Hold on to that steering wheel with all your might, Beth, through rain, sleet, snow, wintry mix, grapel, hail, thunder, rain again, ice. Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

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  5. Reminds me of the January day way back when when I walked to school on a balmy 60 degree morning, got caught in a thunderstorm trying to get from the Metro station to school, Walked back to the train in pounding sleet, and then finished the walk back home in the snow. This all transpired over the course of about 4 hours…

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  6. When we had our wintry mix that was predominately ice, I wore my pajamas and stayed home. 🙂 You’re right, though. It is so freaking hard to know how to dress right now. It was 82 here today. 82!!!!!! I cannot wear summer clothes in February.

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  7. Love the way you write about it and am glad I don’t have to put up with it. Here in Hawaii I complain when the night temps get down to the 60s.
    Thanks for letting me know that you liked my post, “Telephone Killer – Excerpt 23” on papermudandme.wordpress.com.
    Believe me, the “liquid” weather will pass. – Thanks again and Aloha – pjs.

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  8. I hear you. I just finished digging out my street side mail box from the piles that the plow stacked from the last snow storm almost a week ago. I’d set up a plastic shoe box as a temporarily catch. It was so warm yesterday I actually only wore a quilted jacket instead of a heavy coat on my errands.
    We also make sure our street drains (as well as fire hydrants) are clear.

    About four weeks (here anyway…on the calendar) until spring…

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  9. We have been experiencing strange weather fronts too, and the 80mph winds have been playing havoc around the UK, no snow for me yet but there has been enough rain to last a lifetime 🙂 lol A great little posting this one Beth and another thing I like your artistic snow sculpture, okay then a face drawn in the snow, how inventive of you my sweet friend 🙂 😉 Be wicked…

    Andro xxxx

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  10. I am sure that it is not fun anymore to me! But fun does result from trouble, sometimes! Weather can be fun, the beauty of snow and the icicles… But the watery mixtures and slush turned black from car exhausts, makes me exhausted, Beth!

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