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2nd Snowfall of 2014

Another look at the system looking to bring our region rain on Sunday and eventually snow into Monday.

While we are still thawing out from the latest snow system in our region, yet another storm is brewing and is en route for our area Sunday. There are still differences between the models on the timing of this storm and so here is a comparison...

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4 PM SUNDAY: The NAM is showing snow starting to touch western Ohio and Kentucky (upper left). Rain just barely touches far northeastern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. The GFS is showing the line of precipitation sitting further northeastward, with West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, and far southern Ohio completely dry (upper right).

10 PM SUNDAY: The NAM is showing snow pushing well through our region (lower left). A heavier snow band pushes into S. Ohio (dark green shading) and central Kentucky. According to the GFS, only northwestern West Virginia will start to see rain to a rain/snow mix (lower right). The heavier snow band is also further westward.

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4 AM MONDAY:  The NAM shows widespread snowfall in our region, with a moderate snow band pushing through West Virginia and eastern Kentucky (upper left). At this point, the GFS becomes a bit more bullish with the snowfall, by showing a heavy snow band pushing through southern Ohio, western West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky (upper right). Furthermore, the precipitation band is more widespread. 

7 AM MONDAY: By this time, the NAM expects the snow to exit much of Ohio (lower right). The snow is lighter, indicated by the light green shading. The GFS expects heavy snow to continue to fall in western West Virginia, and far eastern Kentucky. 

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The timing of the storms exit also differs between the two Models. The NAM shows tapering snowfall by 1 PM Monday, while the GFS shows tapering snow by 4 PM Monday. 


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After the system exits our region, we will be left in an arctic cold environment. In fact, the coldest temperatures on the continent is expected to push into our region by late Monday night/ Tuesday morning. The Euro shows -30 to -32 C temperatures in West Virginia (the white shading). This would bring our area negative temperatures at the surface!

Regardless of the difference in the details of timing, both models show our region getting comparable snowfall to our last snow storm. And one thing is for certain, we are going to be hit with the coldest temperatures we have seen in at least a decade!

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