it may be one for the record books. i live in woodstock, illinois, which is “just outside” of chicago in the sense that everything is “just outside” of chicago. at least as far as chicagoans are concerned. in anycase, we’ve been getting some weather [as they used to say in maine where i grew up] and it vaguely reminds me of the “noreastahs” that would blow “downeast” maine. nasty, but fun. my ever gracious employer even ordered us to leave today. will wonders ever cease? for the record:


“Blizzard Warning in effect… at 635 pm…radar indicated a band of moderate to heavy snow stretching from Morris and Joliet…northeast through the downtown and the south side of the city of Chicago. Thunder snow was even reported in downtown Chicago at 630 pm. This heavy snow will continue to move across the southern sections of Chicago through 730 pm…and will affect lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana through 9 pm. An additional 2 to 4 inches of accumulation is possible in these areas as this band passes through. Northeast winds gusting at 20 to 30 mph will cause significant blowing and drifting of snow…making travel treacherous across northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana tonight.”

“Windy and very cold with snow and blowing snow creating local blizzard conditions. Total storm accumulations 9 to 13 inches. Low 5 to 10 above. North winds 25 to 40 mph becoming northwest. Wind chills occasionally dropping to near 40 below.

yup. that’s right. it calls for temps to get down to -40 overnight. i hope our 50 year-old furnace doesn’t decide to go on the fritz.

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