Dangerous travel weekend in Michigan: Whiteouts, record cold, and wind chills to -40°F (-40°C).
(Такого не было со времени "Боя на Кушке" - с 1885 года.
Празднуем, так сказать, юбилей.)
It's going to be a dangerous weekend to travel in Michigan, but not necessarily because of heavy snow everywhere.
Extremely cold air will be moving in starting Saturday morning, with temperatures plunging to record lows by Sunday morning.
Wind chills Sunday morning would cause frostbite in less than 15 minutes.
That's where the most widespread danger comes in - with the cold. If you have car troubles while traveling, you hopefully will be able to get to warm shelter immediately.
So if your car isn't running just right, stay home this weekend.
Now for some very unpleasant details.
A strong arctic cold front will move from north to south across Michigan, mostly Saturday morning. Once the arctic front moves through winds will increase and gust to 50 MPH near the Lake Michigan shore and up to 40 MPH everywhere else. Temperatures will plunge through the entire day Saturday. By 6 p.m. Saturday, much of northern and eastern Lower Michigan will already be below zero.
The highest wind gusts will let up to 30 MPH Saturday night, but the temperatures will continue to head into record cold territory. By sunrise Sunday we will have actual temperatures in most areas between -10°F and -15°F. Some areas could even be close to -20°F.
Wind chills will be dangerous Sunday morning, ranging between -30°F and -40°F.
Frostbite can occur in less than 15 minutes at those wind chill temperatures.
Blowing snow will be dangerous
Snow is going to happen Saturday. It's not necessarily the amount that will be a big deal, but the blowing and reduced visibility.
Most of Lower Michigan will only have between one and three inches of snow. The heaviest snow, up to six inches will fall on the west side of Lower Michigan within 50 miles of the shoreline. The snow will be dry and blow easily, especially with winds gusting over 40 MPH.
So blizzard conditions could occur in western Michigan and much of the U.P. Saturday and Saturday night. Snow and blowing snow could produce very dangerous whiteouts. The rest of Lower Michigan will have bursts of blowing snow Saturday, with occasional reduced visibility. By evening, falling snow shouldn't be the issue in eastern Lower Michigan.
So it is going to be a nasty, cold, windy, and at times snowy weekend in Michigan.
If you have to travel, be very careful and keep your gas tank more than half full.
I'll update you through the weekend.
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