COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - For the second week in a row, a winter storm that has paralyzed the plain states with snow by the feet, hurricane force winds and blistering cold temperatures is heading straight for Branch County and southern Michigan, but it neve Materialized.
The National Weather Service says it has a ways to go and may lose some of its punch before the end of the day, but a winter weather advisory has been issued and by the sounds of the potential for quite a pileup of snow, a warning could be in the offing. Worst case scenario in Tom Churchill’s forecast is a total of 15 inches of snow by night. At a minimum, they’re predicting seven inches of snow with a wintry mix today before all the heavy white stuff arrives.
Initially, we called it ironic or maybe perfect timing for Branch County Emergency Management and the Branch County Amateur Radio Club. They are the joint sponsors of a Branch County Weather Symposium that was scheduled for last night in Coldwater at the CHC Community Center, the old K-Mart Building, starting at 6 p.m.
And now it’s doubly ironic, the seminar has been postponed because of-you guessed it - the weather or at least what’s forecast for the area tonight. The storm fizzled out before it got to branch County. The featured speaker would have to be driving here for the symposium, meteorologist Rob Dale, a veteran mid-Michigan television weatherman and currently Michigan Emergency Management and Homeland Security Region One planner assigned to the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department. So to be on the extra safe side for Dale and others planning to attend the event, again, it’s been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date.