It is dismaying to learn of the apparently hundreds of autos that got stuck in the storm, especially to the north of Kansas. One of my motivations for presenting these validations is to convince people to take warnings seriously. I doubt that anyone on I-80 who just had to spend the night in the freezing cold would want to do it again.
These were the early blizzard forecasts:
Posted 5:12pm Wednesday:
Posted at 9:28am Thursday. The track is a little south but overlaps the actual track.
Here is the actual snow from yesterday's blizzard (yellows and oranges are snow melt).
As of this posting, they are still widening the closure of I-80 in Nebraska even though the snow has stopped. The drifting is so great and so many cars are stuck that oncoming traffic has nowhere to go. This is what some of the accumulations looked like.
Under sunny skies, this is the entrance to the Rochester (Minnesota) International Airport a little while ago. It is closed as gusts to 50 mph continue to drift the snow.
The TornadoesThis forecast was posted Friday morning.
Weather science in general, and the National Weather Service in particular, deserves a great deal of credit for this outstanding performance.