Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Blizzard Conditions Caused Major Closings Nationally Effecting 100 Million People And Wisconsin Governor Declares A State Of Emergency

An unidentified bicyclist pedals Northbound along S. 27th St. and W. Oklahoma several hours before a major snow storm hits Milwaukee. (Temp was at 23 degrees)
Photos by HNG

44 miles an hour winds began blowing around 4:00 p.m. and so far at least four inches of snow have fallen in Milwaukee, and 7.9 inches reported in the Holy Hill area on round first of the snow storm.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 1, 2011

Milwaukee - On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Public School District announced they will have no school on Wednesday in anticipation of a possible 50 mile an hour gusting winds and snow blizzard, effecting more than 88,000 students. Other school districts have announced no school for Wednesday includes Wauwatosa, West Allis, West Milwaukee, Elmbrook, Racine, Kenosha and other school districts throughout the state are expected to close as well. A major blizzard snow storm warning for Southeastern Wisconsin went into effect and high wind gusts with a mix of snow began to hit Southern Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker (R) declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin and all state government buildiings will be closed on Wednesday. City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett declared a snow emergency beginning at 11:00 p.m. to noon on Wednesday. Barrett warned that vehicles parked after 11 p.m. where prohibited when snow removal emergency is declared, will be towed in order to plow and clean the streets and major roads. More than 400 snow plow trucks will begin plowing the streets of Milwaukee later on Tuesday, Barrett said.
On Tuesday, the metropolitan shopping malls, Mayfair, Southridge, Brookfield and Bayshore closed at 5 p.m. and are expected to opening by noon on Wednesday. Both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University closed at 4 p.m. Milwaukee Area Technical College closed at 1 p.m.
Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee has cancelled most of its flights for Tuesday night, and airlines canceled 10,000 flights in the storm effected Midwest and the New England regions. Milwaukee Police Department is warning people to stay off the roads once the snow storm arrives after 7:00 p.m. and 22 inches of new snow is expected to fall around Wisconsin.
In Illinois, Chicago reported the first snow fall and gusting winds and the second round of the storm is expected to drop at least 2 feet when it hits the state later on Tuesday. Chicago school officials closed its entire school district for Wednesday for the first time since 1999. City officials closed Lake Shore Drive as a safety measure because of heavy snow build up.
In northern Texas, the snow storm closed major highways and more than 100 people were rescued by authorities and areas experienced minus 30 degree wind shields. Some highways in Dallas were deserted due to snow and icy conditions. Those that had to travel got stuck on the Dallas and Fort Worth interchange highway. Most of Dallas stores, Super Bowl XLV events were cancelled and travel has shut down. Dallas reported 20 degree weather and warmer weather in Texas is expected by Friday.
The winter snow storm is effecting nine states, which four have declared state of emergency. The storm is dropping between 2-3 inches of snow per hour along the 2,000 miles long blizzard and is effecting more than 100 million people.
It has caused major electric power outages and will leave about an inch of ice in some areas as it moves East to New York.
In Indiana, Interstate 70 from Indiana to Missouri was shut down closing all lanes due to ice build up and snow.
The latest, Ground Hog day has been cancelled.

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