I’m 48-years-old and I can’t remember another time when Groundhog’s Day was cancelled due to weather. Milwaukee got hit with 14.5 inches of snow and 60 mph winds. Racine won the big dump prize with 23.5 inches. This was on top of 7 inches Monday night. It truly was the blizzard the local media had been hyping since last weekend. Quite often the storm does not live up to the television coverage, but this time all the hype was true.
The first storm hit late Monday night and dropped 7 inches of snow on Milwaukee, no big deal by our Midwestern standards. But because it hit kind of heavy and late at night, most of the side streets had not been plowed by the time our family leaves in the morning (around 6:30am) Even so, my commute on Tuesday morning was pretty easy. Even with my Nokian Mount
and Ground W106 tires on my Courtney single-speed mountain bike I had got stuck quite a few times until I got on the main drag. Liz opted to ski to work because she takes side roads the entire way to school.
Milwaukee DPW plows had already done a pretty good job on the major roads. If I had stuck to the arterials right from my house, I wouldn’t have needed the added traction of the mtb tires at all. But I took this bike because the local media was predicting the bigger storm would hit about an hour before my commute home. The storm was late, so the trip home was pretty easy.
By four pm the main roads were pretty much dry pavement and the plows had cleared the side roads as well. Adding to my good mood was the announcement that “non-essential” City employees were encouraged to stay home on Wednesday. Milwaukee Public Schools had already announced schools would be closed, so I was looking forward to a family snow day. To make the ride home even more pleasant, the strong headwind I fought on the way to work held true and pushed me all the way home. Even though the roads were clear and I was breezing home with a big smile on my face, a woman on the sidewalk near Washington Park hollered “Your Crazy!” at me. People seem to think the weather is bad even when it isn’t if the media has talked up a storm. Quoting Flava Flav I yelled back “Don’t believe the hype!”
I’ll report on my snow day activities in my next post. How were your commutes the last two days?