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Update - Is it going to snow or what?

Just like last year, it's been pretty weak for snowfall (off the mountains) -- any hope ahead?

Saturday Update - I'll be posting on the blog about this tomorrow, but I wanted to re-iterate here what I talked about yesterday, because it's still looking good...er, bad.

Snow lovers are just not going to be happy with me.

NAM - Early Sunday Morning NAM - Late Sunday

The first system (arriving tonight) is going to give us more of an "Ole" than anything else. Far southern mountains do have a shot at squeezing out flakes, but it's not flakes you're after. After a break, the next system swings through overnight Sunday, helped out by the lake-effect. More of our region can get some light snow (dustings), but it's the WV Mountains again that look to get anything more than an inch.

...To give you an idea just how bad the coming days are for those who hope for a blizzard-- most of us will see 60+ degrees on the thermometer before we next have to get out the shovel! Check back on the blog for the details soon. :-)

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Good Friday morning everyone-- you're just about to make it through another week. That first one back from vacation is always a tough one ;-)

Our weather map today features a weak front having cut through our region, but leaving just about nothing behind for moisture.

HPC - Surface Map - Friday PM

Those gray lines on the map are "isobars" and represent lines of barometric pressure (much like a topographical map can indicate hills and valleys). You can trace those lines to get a good approximation of windflow. Just keep high pressure to your right and low pressure to the left and you will see the wind. Notice on the above map there isn't a wind line that connects Great Lake moisture to the tri-state. Oh well. Outside of a few flurries in the far northeast mountains, it's another event that passes us by. In fact, we'll get back to sunshine again around the area.

Snowfall To Date

Speaking about the snow, let's take a look at where things stand after the end of 2012 in terms of snowfall for parts of the tri-state. Feel free to compare them to what we talked about in our Winter Weather Preview.

Location Total Snowfall (as of 12/31/12)
(West Virginia)  
Huntington 3.5"
Charleston 12.6"
Parkersburg 6.0"
Beckley 38.2"
Sutton 4.6"
Logan 2.6"
Richwood 49.4"
Snowshoe 71"
Davis 69.7"
(Ohio)  
Portsmouth 6.6"
Jackson 8.7"
Columbus 15.7"
(Kentucky)  
Grayson 3.5"
Morehead 4.4"
Paintsville Trace
Inez 2.0"
Pikeville 1.5"
Whitesburg 2.5"

As expected, the mountain counties of West Virginia are eating it up this year, while the lowlands are lagging below normal. We predicted that the second-half of the season would be the snowier half for the tri-state... Looks like now that's a pretty low bar to overcome.

The next weather event to bring the chance for snow comes on Sunday...but this one is also rather weaksauce.

NAM - Sunday Morning NAM - Sunday Evening
 

There are two rounds of potential snowfall coming in... the first riding up the mountains from the south, and the second on the back-side of the system that's more of the lake-effect/upslope variety. Both are rather meager, so don't be looking for much. More than likely just more flakes for the ski-slopes.

So when is the next time we can look for a little snow?

GFS - Wednesday Afternoon

In an otherwise milder than normal week (see the 7-day below for more), we're going to get some back-end snow showers according to the GFS with this system next Wednesday. Once again it doesn't look too heavy, but yet another opportunity for the mountain locations to further distance themselves from the valley floor's disappointing snowfall season so far.

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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