A clip from the National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning:
* MAIN IMPACT...9 TO 16 INCHES OF SNOW...ARE LIKELY ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA.
* OTHER IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW COMBINED WITH INCREASING WIND SPEEDS MAY RESULT IN NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN COUNTRY. WIND CHILLS WILL PLUMMET TO AROUND 30 BELOW ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
All I can say is that today has been...TOTALLY AWESOME, DUDE!!! ;D Sometimes they talk monster storms and I get royally let down. This time...far from it! Canceled my plans to see Dawn Treader today and did some frantic errand-running Friday evening along with half the local populace before the storm bore down late Friday night.
Did my first shoveling run of the sidewalks around 8:30 this morning, and it was 6-8 inches on the south side, 4-6 on the west (inner portions partially sheltered by the eaves). And my depth guesstimates tend to run low! A lot different than last Saturday too--the continual hissing in the trees as they sigh in the wind of the storm made me assume that it would be the extremely light, dry snow again...but not so. It was pretty heavy getting each shovelful up to head-height to chuck it over the iron fencing on the south side. Though not as heavy as the first storm of the season, thankfully!
Did my second run just now around 1 pm so I could wade out to the mailbox, and it was already a good 4-5 inches on the sidewalks again, though I have no way of knowing how much was thrown on by the wind...which is now from the north and getting wilder.
And here is my buried car! I'm hoping to get out for one more shoveling run today before the temps plummet to -3 F/-19 C and the windchills go down to -30 F/-34 C. I won't be very enthusiastic about shoveling then!