An Early Spring?Feb 2nd, 2011 | By Mari Smith | Category: Lifestyle
Amid reports of blizzards and freezing temperatures, many want to know “did the groundhog see his shadow” this year? Indeed, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, Groundhog Day 2011. Do we look forward to an early Spring? Not early enough for those caught in what some are calling The Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011.
The front has hit some some states with close to record breaking storms, including thundersnow, high winds, freezing rain, thuderstorms, and tornadoes. The storm brought blowing snow and mixed precipitation from New Mexico and northern Texas to New England and Eastern Canada. Blizzard conditions has affected many large cities including Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, and Boston.
Chicago is buried under over 21 inches of snow with blizzard conditions. O’Hare International Airport canceled 1,300 flights, sustained winds exceeded 30 mph with gusts over 50 mph, and schools were closed today. Power outages have been experienced by roughly 100,000 customers.
Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin both declared State of Emergency for many counties, and both activated their state’s National Guard. Most government, schools, and public facilities were closed in many parts of Wisconsin.
Denver is suffering from temperatures of more than 10 degrees below zero after reaching 68 degrees last Friday.