The unofficial, official start of winter

How windy was it? The winter storm that blew into the region late Monday afternoon brought wind gusts of up to 44 MPH, and consistent northwesterly winds of 25 to 35 MPH. Accompanied by two inches of snow, the stout winds limited visibility and made travel precarious late Monday afternoon and evening.
The conditions forced the postponement of the Tracy Area Elementary School Christmas program from Monday to Tuesday. Schools in Tracy started two hours late Tuesday morning because of slick roads.
The wicked weather followed a week of near record warmth. Both Sunday and Monday saw the mercury reach an October-like 51-degrees. Temperatures plunged to 15 degrees Tuesday morning. The below-freezing temps are expected to linger, although forecasts for Sunday see 40-degree weather returning.

ROUGH GOING — The snow started to fall and the wind began to howl late Monday afternoon and into the evening in the Tracy area. The Tracy Police Department was advising no travel Monday night. Six vehicles unfortunately found their way into ditches along the notoriously-bad Hwy. 14 stretch between Tracy and Garvin Corner.