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Winter blast perfect storm for trouble

Andy Ouriel • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Wednesday’s storm wasn’t worthy of being called “the blizzard of the century”

But it’s surely a weather event people will remember for a long time.

The storm hit fast and furious in the afternoon, with visibility dropping to near zero across northern Ohio.

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“Things happen very quickly,” said André Bernier, staff meteorologist for Fox 8 Cleveland. “It wasn’t the volume of the snow. Let’s face it, 2 to 5 inches is not that much. But when you factor in timing (traffic), wind speeds and falling temperatures all at once, it usually spells no end of trouble for anyone trying to travel by car”

Many people seemed shocked snow flurries and arctic gusts blasted northern Ohio less than 24 hours after spring-like weather.

But not Bernier, who’s come to expect March’s unpredictable weather habits.

“You can have 65 degrees one day and the next day you can wake up and there be a blizzard” he said. “We are in the battleground in the month of March. Winter is trying to hang on, and spring is trying to leap up from the Deep South. The two are fighting it out right now, and we are the wonderful recipients of it”

While severe, Wednesday’s storm was far from memorable for most meteorologists.

“We have had far worse (days) than this,” Bernier said. “This was certainly very notable and will stick in peoples minds. But it doesn’t break one of the top 10 or 20 storms”

Wednesday’s temperatures dipped to as low as 1 below zero, when accounting for wind chill.

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