Taking a look at Wednesday morning’s mess and looking at how we can keep you better informed in the future, here’s how Gregory graded his work.
TIMING: C+ The forecast transition from rain to flurries and very light snow Tuesday afternoon into early evening worked well. However, the precipitation was much slower to leave than forecast. Originally expected to end Tuesday evening, the light precipitation continued through the overnight hours.
PRECIPITATION: C Rain, flurries and very light snow were all expected. The surprise was the change back to freezing drizzle.
IMPACT: C Although the precipitation was light, the alarm bells should have been sounded earlier about the potential impact on untreated roads. Salt was the key to the morning commute. Unsalted roads were an icy mess, while salted streets were in much better shape. I should have been more aggressive in anticipating the major implications on the morning drive and schools.
The travel status information is provided by each county's emergency management agency.