Friday, December 28, 2007

Up to 6 inches of snow expected to fall on Chicago

Chicago Tribune staff report
11:56 PM CST, December 27, 2007
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A Christmas week that has been anything but white in Chicago may change its color Friday, as a storm is expected to sweep through the area and leave up to a 6 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service has northern Illinois under a snow advisory from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Meteorologists expect 3 to 6 inches of snow in areas north and west of Chicago, with less snow anticipated south of the city and in northwest Indiana.Heavy, wet snow is expected to begin falling about 8 a.m., with the heaviest snowfall occurring between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said weather service meteorologist Bill Nelson. The storm will taper off Friday evening.

Chicago's snow command is prepared to deploy the full fleet of 273 plow trucks if necessary, said Matt Smith, spokesman for the Department of Streets and Sanitation. Temperatures are expected to hover around the high 20s and low 30s Friday and through the weekend, before dropping into the teens on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

We will keep you posted through out the day....


USCG – update re COSCO BUSAN
The US Coast Guard issued a
press release stating that the COSCO BUSAN has been cleared to depart San Francisco Bay, following temporary repairs and protection of US legal interests. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the November 7 allision with a pier of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the ensuing oil spill continue. A photo release shows the ship’s departure. Another press release states that the pilot who was serving on the ship at the time of the allision has voluntarily deposited his federal license with the US Coast Guard. The agency may return the license when and if it receives satisfactory evidence that the mariner is fit for full duty. (12/21/07).