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Welcome to Detroit - Enjoy the Snow (Storm)

Old 02-04-06, 06:33 PM
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Welcome to Detroit - Enjoy the Snow (Storm)

After weeks of above freezing temperatures and a Winter Blast in which the man-made snow melted, we are having a 5-8" snowstorm tonight to welcome our Superbowl visitors.

(Since most of it will fall overnight, we should be in good shape by morniing. That amount is only a problem if it occurs during rush hour and plows can't get to it.)

Big snowfall predicted before Super Bowl
Updated: 5:36 p.m. ET Feb. 4, 2006
DETROIT - With strong wind and 5 to 8 inches of snow forecast, snow removal crews girded for a winter storm as thousands of fans headed downtown on Super Bowl eve.

About 250 state and local plows will be on the roads in Detroit and throughout Wayne and Oakland counties, said Ron Brundidge, manager of the Detroit Department of Public Works Street Maintenance Division.

There also are hundreds of city workers and volunteers ready to work through the night to clear sidewalks so fans can get to Sunday’s title game at Ford Field, which has a steel roof.

“We’re not worried,” said Brundidge, pointing to a thick notebook outlining Super Bowl snow plans. “One thing that puts us at ease is the fact that we’ve been preparing for this for so long.”

City officials, the Super Bowl host committee and the NFL have been talking about snow removal for about a year, Brundidge said.

They’ll have sufficient resources to handle the snowfall, including shovel-toting volunteer athletes from Wayne State University, he said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Detroit through noon Sunday, predicting 5 to 8 inches of snow before the storm passes. The heaviest amounts were to fall Saturday night, with gusts up to 40 mph.

“I would definitely say that road conditions are going to deteriorate quickly,” said Karen Kahl, a meteorologist with the weather service office in suburban Oakland County.

The snow comes after the third-warmest January on record in Detroit, with high temperatures in the 40s most of the month.

The warm temperatures did not help the Motown Winter Blast, a downtown festival featuring a 200-foot snow slide, ice skating and dog sled races timed to coincide with Super Bowl festivities. Organizers had trouble building the slide with snowmaking machines, and wheels had to be put on the dog sleds.

Now the problem most likely will be too much snow for the many parties downtown Saturday night.

Brundidge said more than 70 city workers will clear downtown sidewalks, in addition to contractors hired by the NFL for private property. The city will have 65 plows out, plus another 30 in town from Wayne County and the state, he said. Slide show: The Week in Sports Pictures

Fifty to 75 Wayne State athletes from 17 sports including football and women’s ice hockey were on snow duty Saturday night. Their first task was to shovel out the Fox Theatre, the site of the NFL commissioner’s party, said Jason Clark, associate athletic director.

Brundidge said the city has a plan to truck the snow out of downtown to several vacant lots so it’s out of the way when people come downtown Sunday morning.

The NFL urges fans to arrive for the game early, in part because of the expected snowfall. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.
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Somebody get that roof off of Ford Field!
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Fun fun fun!

My parents are leaving the Pusser homestead Sunday around noon and hope to avoid snow issues.
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I hope the hookers in Windsor City don't freeze!
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Just around the corner on Chatham at Jason's Executive Lounge, one of the city's five all-nude gentlemen's clubs, manager Brad McLellan has doubled his weekend staff from 15 girls to 30 and added a nightly dinner buffet. He said out-of-town dancers have been coming in by the handfuls every day in search of work.

"I have to tell them, 'No,'" said McLellan, who required any of his Super Bowl week dancers to work the week before, as well. "It's just not fair for the girls who have worked here all year long."

Strip club managers that employ a fair-hearted approach have earned my respect. I would want all females in my family to work for him.

Mr. Dude-did the storm show up or was it a load of crap?
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I'm north of the city and we have about 3" on the grass, about 2" on the driveway, where it got pretty slushy due to temperature. The winter storm advisory was cancelled and replaced by a snow and blowing snow advisory. It was blowing around a lot earlier, but is 90% over at this point. I haven't been on the roads yet; the blowing snow may cause some slick spots, but they will "mostly" cleared.

The Windsor hookers are pretty safe from the weather as soliciting on the street is not permitted. It is all appointment-based ""escort services."
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