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Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012, 08:42 am
HEADS UP, HEADS DOWN: Bad, Bad Weather Coming To Midwest

Our buddy weatherdude at dKos informs us that a lot of central states are in the crosshairs of a nasty, volatile storm system ranging from Missouri to the Carolinas and especially targeting southern Ohio and Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi and Alabama. Basically, anywhere east of the Mississippi River and south of the Ohio Turnpike is likely to see some bad, bad weather over the next twenty-four hours.

(Even the fringes are gonna be wild. Here in Ann Arbor, we're supposed to have 50° temperatures today, followed by a thunderstorm, followed by high winds, a cold snap, and snow by tomorrow morning.)

If you're in the affected areas -- and a fair number of you are -- PLEASE be careful and be safe.

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Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
peachtales

I am not at all looking forward to this.
Current forecast here in Cinci calls for a high of 70f, low overnight of 32, 48f tomorrow, and thunderstorms possible the entire time. Ugh.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
louisadkins

Hrmm, for once I am in the zone. Ick.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
louisadkins

Yay, they revised me to moderate instead of severe territory!

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
janetmiles

I heard about this on my way out the door this morning, and went back in to shut down the computer. Also, I'm parked in the garage a block away from work, rather than the surface lot just outside the door, in case we get the predicted hail.

Good Thoughts offered for everyone's safety.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
lone_cat

Louisville's at the outer edge of the highest-risk area, but I'm hearing that the worst is supposed to be south and east of us. Still looks like it's likely to be a rough afternoon here.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
alverant

Chicagoland isn't looking too good either. We're going to be hit by rain then snow then the temp is going to dip below freezing overnight. So we're going to get slush then ice this weekend.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
awfulhorrid

I'm supposed to be leaving on a road trip from WI to NC tomorrow morning with a stop off in Louisville, KY. I'm not canceling it just yet, but thanks for the heads up -- I'll certainly be keeping an eye on the weather before I leave!

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
ladystarblade

We are right in the Danger Zone (non-Kenny Loggins edition), right across the river from Louisville, and the forecasters are having a cow and a litter of kittens. Minor rain this morning, bright, sunny and 69deg right now...and that's a bad thing. Worst of it's getting here between 4-5...guess when I get off work? Will make a closer to gametime decision whether to make a run for home or to ride it out here at work.

The one thing we've got going for us here on the Indiana side is what we call the "Louisville Effect." Something about the topography right around the river seems (*knock on wood*) to lessen the impact of bad crap like this. Crossing fingers that it does its work well.

Everyone, stay smart, stay safe!

ETA: And Jim Cantore's in Louisville. WE'RE ALL DOOMED. :-)

Edited at 2012-03-02 07:26 pm (UTC)

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
lone_cat

Checking in. Looks like Louisville Metro mostly got "bracketed", though there was some strong wind and rain. Parts of Clark County in southern Indiana got *hammered* though.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
ladystarblade

Yeah, Clark and Washington Cos took it in the teeth; Pekin, Maryville, and Henryville were clobbered. Where I am got about 10min of nasty straight-line winds and some sideways rain, but no hail or tornadoes.

I mean, I know March comes in like a lion, but damn, this lion came in like it had a nasty toothache.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
ladycheron

We're on the northern edge of the watch here in Chambana - T storms and heavy rain, some wind, but no tornado warnings. And we're due for below freezing temps tonight and possible 'winter mix' tomorrow, so all the big puddles will be ice.

Sounds like a good chance to stay indoors, watch Puss In Boots, and make popcorns.

Fri, Mar. 2nd, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
j_e_richards: storms

The sirens went off here in Troy about 4:45 but it seems that the storms that raced through Cincinnati took all of the energy...we just got a lot of rain, thunder, and lightening...Still FAR too early to start this weather. Hope everyone else is safe and secure..