Up to six inches of fluffy stuff on its way

Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Although the National Weather Service gave out storm warnings early today, the agency adjusted its predictions by mid-morning.

Originally, the forecast was for 6 to 10 inches of snow and 60-mph winds.

However, "The new models are not quite as strong with the high in the Interior," forecaster Mike Richmond said shortly before 10:30 a.m.

The weather service downgraded its winter storm warning to a storm advisory after conditions changed, Richmond said.

"We are now predicting 4 to 6 inches of snow today," he said. "We are expecting the strongest winds will be downtown, and they will be gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour."

A Taku wind warning was expected, Richmond said, but "it takes a very complex situation to generate a Taku, and it looks like we just don't have all of those factors in place now."

Richmond said today's snow should cease to fall by 10 p.m. Winds may increase overnight, he added.

The forecast for Wednesday is cool and windy with highs in the low 30s. And Juneau might actually have a little sunshine, he said.

Several inches of slush standing in Juneau roads this morning made getting to school or work an affair of wet feet and splashing puddles for many pedestrians and commuters.

On Monday, police responded to about 15 motor vehicle accidents caused by icy conditions, but "It has been much better today," said Sgt. Troy Wilson of the Juneau Police Department.

"We had one car slide off the road in North Douglas, but I have not heard of any other problems this morning. The roads are sloppy today rather than icy," Wilson said.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.

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