Winter

Ashley Payne
University of Michigan College of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering / clasp.engin.umich.edu

One of the few certainties about weather is its uncertainty.  So far, the winter of 2021 is off to a rather mild start.  But, the weather phenomenon known as "La Nina" and other factors could bring  serious snowfall to the region.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair explored the possibilities with Dr. Ashley Payne, assistant professor in climate and space sciences and engineering at the University of Michigan. 


Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission says drivers need to take it slow on the road as we’re expected to get between 2-3 inches of snow during the next 24 hours.  


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Many local businesses have felt the harsh effects of the pandemic, especially restaurants.  The owners of these restaurants have been able to adapt, thanks to outdoor dining and delivery services, but the situation may become more difficult when winter comes along.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg speak to Andrea "Cuppy" White, owner of Cuppy's Best Soulful Cafe in Ypsilanti, about how she, like several other local restaurateurs, plans to maintain her business through the rest of this trying year.


Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Washtenaw County opened its winter warming shelters at area churches early this year.  

Hope Clinic

The Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti needs help from the community to keep struggling Washtenaw County residents warm during the winter months.  

Payal Patel
Michigan Medicine / uofmhealth.org

As the seasons change, so will the ways we move around in our lives in order to stay healthy and avoid the COVID-19 virus. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel about ways to stay healthy in colder weather and about whether or not any of the medical advice to avoid certain activities have really changed over the course of the pandemic.


Snow
Washtenaw County Road Commission / wcroads.org

With the National Weather Service issuing a Winter Storm Warning for our area, WEMU's Lisa Barry checks in with Jim Harmon, director of operations for the Washtenaw County Road Commission, to talk about efforts to keep local roads as clear and safe as possible.


Tony Reames
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability / seas.umich.edu

A number of Americans have difficulty paying their energy bills, which can be very dangerous to a person's health during the winter months.  Dr. Tony Reames, an assistant professor at the U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability, is now researching ways to better understand the correlation between environmental health and income.  Dr. Reames discusses his work with WEMU's David Fair for this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Ann Arbor District Library
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this edition of "Beyond Books," our partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library, WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Rich Retyi, communications and marketing manager, and library director Josie Parker.  They talk about how the library is open and available to everyone in the community and puts special effort into being open in extreme weather conditions to make sure everyone has a safe place to go.


safetyposters365.com

As the temperature dips back below the freezing mark, slippery driving becomes more of a concern.  But walking can also be a challenge once you get out of your vehicle.


Lisa Barry

If you're sensitive to a lack of sunshine, you may be glad that January is over.


Creative Commons

 

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to take extra caution on the roads tonight and tomorrow.

 

Warmer Temperatures, Less Snow Expected This Winter

Oct 16, 2015
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

 El Niño will continue affecting the weather in Michigan this winter.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather outlook for the U.S. today.


David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

It appeared Spring had sprung. A look outside early this morning might tell you otherwise. 2-3 inches of accumulation is expected before warmer temperatures today begin to melt off the wintry mix.

Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Downtown Ann Arbor is now basked in sunshine, and the sidewalks are cleared, but that doesn’t mean people are venturing out just yet.  Main Street remains a little quieter than normal Wednesday afternoon, following another snowstorm.

The bitter cold is back for another round in Southeast Michigan, raising concerns about more water pipe breaks. Ann Arbor has seen a high number of water main breaks this winter already.

The bitter cold weather is expected to last through the weekend causing health concerns.  

Winter Strikes Again

Feb 20, 2014
David Fair

Wet, heavy snow blanketed portions of the region late this morning. Add in a bit of freezing rain and light rain showers, and you have the makings of a bad weather day.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 4pm for Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.  Snowfall totals could exceed two inches and ice accumulation could reach a tenth of an inch. that makes for potentially slippery and hazardous road and sidewalk conditions, so caution is advised. 

Communities across the nation are facing shortages of road salt thanks to this year's harsh winter weather.  Ann Arbor isn't in as bad a situation as many communities but the city is looking at buying more salt.

Washtenaw County Road Salt Supplies Dwindling

Feb 10, 2014

Local supplies of rock salt are dwindling as the snow continues to fall in Washtenaw County.