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Arctic Cold and Snow Tracker- 6:30pm Update

By: Chris Bailey
By: Chris Bailey

An arctic blast will bring accumulating snows to the region over the next few days.

6:30pm Update

More of the same this evening with snow showers and squalls blowing through. Accumulating snowsn will continue to cause significant travel problems across the entire region. How can the NWS justify NOT having an advisory for the entire region? It's all about the IMPACT!!!!

Keep posting the weather from where you are and take care.

3:30pm Update

Snow showers and squalls continnue to cause issues across the region. Many areas will pick up a quick one inch of snow in less than 30 minutes in the strongest squalls. Winds will create mini blizzard like conditions and roads will become snow covered. We have had numerous reports of accidents and expect that trend to continue.

Snow showers and squalls will get a booster shot of moisture from Lake Michigan this evening and tonight. Temps are crashing into the low and mid 20s from the west and we will hit the teens overnight. These low temps will combine with the snow squalls to create dangerous travel conditions.

Keep the updates coming as we love to know what's happening where you live. Take care.

11:30am Update

Good late morning morning gang. Much of the region is already picking up on accumulating snows and we are just now entering our prime time for snow. Northwesterly winds will kick in this afternoon into tonight and this will cause the snow showers and squalls to become more widespread and heavier.

Travel will become a problem as the day wears on and things will really go downhill tonight. I still like the snowfall map I have out and will probably let it ride. Again... there will be some areas coming in with higher totals and some below the numbers. That's how it goes with snow showers and squalls.

I will try to add some of your snow pics a little later today. Keep posting the weather from where you live and take care.

PREVIOUS UPDATE

Good Monday and welcome to winter. Today is what all you cold and snow lovers have been craving for the past few months. This isn't some big storm blasting the region, but it's a heck of a shot of arctic air and snow that we're dealing with.

I have some tools for you guys to track the cold and snow, but I want to touch on a few things first.

Snow showers and squalls will break out across the region today and some of the action may be quite intense. Think of the squalls as summertime thunderstorms... they blow throw with blinding conditions and very gusty winds and then they are gone. Areas getting in on the squalls can pick up some fast accumulations and even hear a clap of thunder. Check out the NAM simulated radar through today...



You can actually see the enhanced bands showing up on that. Snow showers and squalls will carry us into Tuesday and will continue to get a booster shot of moisture from the Great Lakes.

Here's my latest thinking on snowfall...



I want to stress that we're dealing with snow showers and squalls and that makes it hard to really broadbrush totals on a map. Some areas getting under repeat squalls may pick up totals higher than forecast while those that are skipped may come up a bit short. The WV mountains into parts of the coalfields will get hammered by heavy snow over the next few days..

I do expect travel problems at times today and slick travel becomes likely this evening and overnight as temps drop into the teens. Winds will continue to be gusty and will blow the dry snow around.

Highs today will stay in the mid and upper 20s for many with low and mid 20s on Tuesday. The gusty winds will make it feel even colder than that. Brrrrr!

Let's track the blast of winter...





Charleston


Huntington


Ashland


Portsmouth

I will have updates as needed today. Be sure to post the weather conditions where you live. Have a great Monday and take care.

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