29. The Blizzard Warning continues through this evening: still windy with moderate snow. I ventured outside this morning and snapped a few pictures. The first one (to the right) was taken at 9:10 and is looking at a section of my backyard.
I honestly didn't go any further than a few feet from the house (so I do not have a snow measurement yet), the winds were whipping and biting. My weather station's wind chill reading is hovering around 20 degrees with a temperature just below freezing.
Sustained winds are around 10 mph with gusts almost three times that.
The birds are trying.
Picture number two (to the left) is the bird feeder on the front deck, blasted with snow on the north side.
The Dark-eyed Junco, in the picture, is trying to dig through the snow to find the seed hole above the perch. A few have been attempting to get food but are being blown around in flight.
I did receive some thundersnow overnight, at 0:19 to be exact. Three nearby flashes with immediate booms. There is a tall FM transmitter located less than a mile away on top of Maple Hill, it's possible that at least one of the strikes hit it. Power did flicker off a few seconds during this lightning episode. A second power flicker occurred at 8:24 but stayed on. Listening to the local power utility on the scanner, breakers are being tripped by branches touching lines, but no further reports of trees across lines - only that one report from 17:45 yesterday afternoon.
More snow forecast for today.
Evey school in the region is closed today, with government offices and most businesses following the same idea.
WI DOT's Winter Road Conditions page is showing that roads are open but either snow covered and slippery or ice-covered. Either way, travel conditions are difficult across the area and I will be staying home today.
This graphic (to the right) is from NWS Duluth and shows forecast snow amounts for today. It looks like 6 to 10 inches of more snow is likely for most of northern Wisconsin today, with winds continuing.
Fun tidbit: Hayward reported a wind gust of 80 knots (92 mph). While wind gusts have been as high as 60 mph, 80 knots seems a bit unreasonable, NWS Duluth is labeling this as a malfunction.