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UPDATED at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday - Winter storm watch blogging from the South Newberry BureauPosted Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 7:33 AM
Ice is forming on my transformer power lines and utility pole at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday.
Not much snow and little ice where I live in southern Greene County. The gusty wind was about like Kansas.
The commute trip to Linton was fairly smooth -- except for the high winds which tossed my aged Ford Taurus around a bit, but it's been worse.
The only bad area on my drive north on State Road 57 was from about County Road 300 to the State Road 54/57 intersection (the Lighthouse Junction). There was a glaze on the road and some slick spots. I did see at least four INDOT trucks on my drive in. They were putting down salt and brine, so the roads ought to improve as the day goes on.
Be careful with the bitter cold today and wrap up before you go outside.
Updated at 9:55 p.m.
About an hour ago, Greene County was placed under a travel advisory watch -- meaning the only travel that is allowed is to and from work and by emergency personnel. People need to stay off the roads for their own safety and the safety of others, according to Greene County Emergency Management Agency Director Roger Axe.
Updated at 9:05 p.m.
Power is still on here. Lights flashed a couple of times about 6:30 p.m., but it didn't go out. Wind is really picking up. My frozen flag is beating on the side of the house.
Waiting for the 'big stuff' to move in.
To make matters worse, my email got backed by someone from Mexico. If you get an email from me...don't open it...It's spam. Spent part of the evening running an anti-virus scan and changing my email password. Frustrating...but it happens.
Updated: 3:55 p.m.
All areas along and north of a Sullivan County - Greene County - Monroe County have been upgraded to an ICE STORM WARNING until 7am Wednesday. That could be good news for where I am sitting and looking out my window, but I see some slushy stuff hitting the ground.
UPDATE: 3:15 p.m.
The wind is definitely picking up and I can hear and see some small ice pellets hitting the window here.
I can tell you it's getting colder.
Some good homemade chili would sure hit the spot for supper this evening.
And just in case you are wondering...the Purdue-Wisconsin basketball game is still on for tonight. Tip-off is 7 p.m. The Boilers moved up in the rankings this week to No. 11 (AP) and No. 10 (USA-Today/ESPN).
Looks like a good night to stay in, bundle up and watch the Boilers win.
Well, I just made an uneventful trip from the office to the homestead via State Road 59, State Road 58 and State Road 57 -- through Greene, Knox, Daviess and back to Greene County.
Not a single snowflake, or even a smidgen of ice to speak of.
All is clear for the most part as of 1:55 p.m.
I'm located 1.4 miles north of the Daviess County line -- not far from the Valley Implement -- you know the place with all the big green tractors and farm stuff.
It was a little icy in a few spots on State Road 59 out of Linton, but it was clear motoring once I passed the frozen-over Goose Pond.
We put the newspaper to bed shortly after 1 p.m. in order to give our press, inserting/circulation and delivery folks a good chance to get everything prepared and delivered while it's still light.
Now I'm hunkered down and waiting on the predicted "big storm".
I've looked at the National Weather Service radar loop and it does look like a huge 'blob' of bad wintry weather is approaching our part of southern Indiana.
We'll just wait and see.
Excuse me if I'm a little doubtful when it comes to weather prognosticators. If they get it right one-third of the time we call them heroes. In my business, if I'm right and accurate one-third of the time, I'm probably out of a job.
Oh well, that's a discussion for another day.
Looking out my home office window -- I see fog and rain right now.
I can tell the air has a definite chill to it and it almost smells like it could snow any minute. But for the moment, we are clear and praying our electrical power supplied by the good people at UDWI-REMC stays on.
If it doesn't, the backup plan in our mostly electric-home is to wrap up in blankets and layers of clothing and coats -- like some homeless people -- and stay warm.
For our meals we can always fire up the outdoor propane grill -- so this fat boy will remain happy.
We'll keep you posted when something breaks weather-wise in this neck of the woods.
Drop me an email and let me know what it looks like where you live.
And, don't forget to snap some photos and forward them on to me and we'll see they get posted on our website.
You can click on the following link to track the storm yourself from the National Weather Service's radar:
Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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