Friday, October 3, 2014

Inevitable

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY FOR THE EASTERN INTERIOR

A STORM IN THE GULF OF ALASKA IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTH OVER THE EASTERN INTERIOR TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. THIS IS EXPECTED TO BRING UP TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW TO THE EASTERN INTERIOR FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY WITH UP TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE ALASKA RANGE. THERE COULD BE FREEZING RAIN SOUTHEAST OF TOK AND CHICKEN THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AS WELL.

BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MAKE TRAVEL OVER SUMMITS AND IN PASSES DIFFICULT TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY. WET SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MAKE ROAD SURFACES SLIPPERY IN MOST AREAS TONIGHT AND SATURDAY.

A SECOND STORM COULD BRING ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVY SNOW TO THE EASTERN INTERIOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY.
Well, I guess it IS that time of the year. I've needed the heated liner and gloves for my commute though I find the heated grips more convenient. I just turn them on after starting the rig and by the time I get ready to leave, they are starting to warm up. The bar end hand covers that I've used in the past don't fit the Ural very well so I will need to look for an alternative. Maybe something as simple as using the Aerostitch rain gloves on top of the heated gloves. Basically, I just need something to block the wind. 

30 comments:

Lucky said...

I hope this isn't a double-post... anyway: Just because there's no avoiding it doesn't mean you have to be excited about it. ;)

I overheard just now that there's a chance of a bit of snow here tonight, though nothing like your forecast.

Keep warm!

Troubadour said...

I thought you had moose mitts? I have a pair hanging in the garage, had I known I would've sent them home with you.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Lucky said it; I rode all afternoon and it almost felt like your forecast is predicting. I have other layers along and should have put them on.

Richard, if at all possible, steer this early winter weather straight east please! :)

redlegsrides said...

I recommend ATV grip covers, cheap and they work....or go high end with hippo hands....but pricey. Cut to fit....about $20. If it rains though, they're useless.

Conchscooter said...

Move south.

Martha said...

Snow in Wisconsin! South of here in Monroe, it's snowing. No accumulation, tho. But a rainy 29 windchill is plenty of an introduction to winter for me. I turned the furnace on finally.

redlegsrides said...

That windshield on your rig should block some of the cold air going to the grips? I look forward to pictures of your rig in the snow.

SonjaM said...

I know I am not helping but we had balmy 21C and sunshine today. That would be 70F in American. No gloves or jacket required. Just Tee's and shorts ;-)

redlegsrides said...

So to pile on with SonjaM, am in Miami till tomorrow, it's 92F and humid. I think I prefer your weather.

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, no pics of your dogs going for a sidecar ride?

VStar Lady said...

Richard, just like we can't stop getting older we can't stop winter coming. I should learn to embrace both .... but I can't!!!
It's been unusually warm here. Unfortunately the beautiful days have been during the work week - today was raining. It was still warm enough to be out walking with a t-shirt and light jacket, and I am happy about that. There has been snow in Ontario, just not where I am, thankfully.
I too find that wind is the problem when riding in the cold. The heated grips keep my palms warm but my thumbs, exposed to the wind, go numb. Let me know the solution.

Dar said...

I am not going to complain about our weather in lotus land, it was about 17 C here today & cloudy, I'm still wearing my summer mesh jacket with a liner in it and was out on the practice range in a sweater. Our winter is supposed to be fairly mild and rainy. Stay warm my friend! Thanks for the Blueberry seeds!

David Masse said...

I've been putting off changing screens. Today may be the day. The large screen keeps the wind off the heated grips, and that does the trick.

Trobairitz said...

Can you put hand guard on the Ural like I did the Gladius? It sure helps block some of the wind. Wouldn't know what brand would fit a Ural though.

RichardM said...

If you don't approach winter with the right attitude around here you're almost guaranteed to be miserable. So I'll pretend to look forward to the "challenges" that winter brings.

RichardM said...

I do have a set of hippo hand clones but they don't fit the Ural very well. Partly due to the mirrors.

redlegsrides said...

there's no pretend, there is only embrace.... :)

RichardM said...

But, when you get lots of snow and cold temperatures it usually means that it's nice around here.

RichardM said...

What I've been using on the Beemer are grip covers designed for an ATV. They don't have an opening for the mirrors and put pressure on the clutch lever.

RichardM said...

But then it gets miserably hot...

RichardM said...

We now have snow sticking to the ground. No longer melting off right away. Just turned the furnace on! Wisconsinites are tough...

RichardM said...

The windshield blocks somb but enough gets by so the back of your hands still feel the wind.

RichardM said...

Sounds miserable to me! (If I keep repeating that I may start to believe it)

RichardM said...

Too warm! I heard rumors that you were in FL.

RichardM said...

No.

RichardM said...

The grip covers seem to do a pretty good job of keeping the wind and rain off of your hands. I prefer the kind that are open in the back so you can still easily see switches and remove and insert your hands easily.

RichardM said...

I never did use the mesh jacket this year. It was never that warm...

RichardM said...

The windshield does provide some protection from the wind but nowhere near as much as the BMW windshield and faring.

RichardM said...

I've been shopping for some based on information on the Ural forum. Some post what worked for them but not enough information or pictures.

redlegsrides said...

URAL is marketing hippo like covers RichardM