NYTIMES: Blizzard Paralyzes Much of Midwest
Around Madison, Wisc., snow and wind are part of winter’s backdrop, like frosty breath and ice fishing; students rarely expect a seasonal reprieve. But the storm that whipped through the upper Midwest on Wednesday was no ordinary blizzard.UPDATE: COLDEST FOOTBALL GAME EVER IN CLEVELAND
For the first time in nearly 45 years, officials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison canceled all Wednesday classes — the night before — and directed all non-essential employees to stay home, affecting about 15,000 faculty and staff. By morning, roads were impassible, conditions dangerous.
“It is a rare event because people are used to dealing with snowy conditions,” said John Lucas, a university spokesman.
According to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisc., more than 19 inches of snow fell in Madison, the area hardest hit by a huge winter storm that blanketed the Midwest, upstate New York and parts of New England. Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin closed all state government offices.
On this record day in Madison, the famous “On Wisconsin” fight song might have sounded more like “Off Wisconsin.” (Only the Milwaukee and Superior campuses of the university were open.)
Records kept by the main campus date to a storm on St. Patrick’s Day in 1965, when classes were canceled the entire day. On that day, snow piled only 6.9 inches — but on top of freezing rain.
But Wednesday was the first time that classes were canceled since 1990, when Donna Shalala, who was chancellor at the time, shut them down at 10:30 a.m. because 17 inches of snow had fallen over a 16-hour period.
Thursday night's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns has the makings of being the coldest game ever in Cleveland for the rivalry.GEE, ER UM... IT SURE DON'T SEEM LIKE IT'S REALLY GETTING WARMER AND WARMER DOES IT!?
The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for it to be 18 degrees with a 54 percent chance of snow at 8 p.m., just before kickoff.
By 11 p.m., the temperature is predicted to drop to 17 degrees, with a wind chill of 3 degrees below zero.
It has never been that cold for a Browns-Steelers game in Cleveland, National Weather Service records show.
The coldest date for a Browns-Steelers game was Dec. 18, 1983, when the low for the day was 14 degrees. However, that low was achieved at 4 a.m.
The 1983 game began at 1 p.m. The temperature ranged from 20 to 21 degrees during the game.
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