Snow Hits Mountains

The season's first snow hit last night in the mountains. That same pattern means a cold night for Herd fans for the C-USA ESPN game.

Wintry for Herd Nation

That cold and blustery Northwest wind has kicked up a ruckus this Tuesday afternoon. Winds have gusted to 30 miles per hour blowing across the white-capped Ohio River into Marshall Stadium.

Under a grey, threatening sky in Huntington, the afternoon temperature has barely made it past 40. So far, only a passing sprinkle or flurry has crossed paths with Edwards Stadium

Now Thundering Herd fans are prepping for a chilly night for football as the warm climate Houston Cougars with their “high-falutant” offense come calling on Marshall. My suggestion is to put something hot on the tailgate menu, maybe some old fashioned chicken corn soup!

Last year’s game with Houston was a tale of two halves. In the first half, a steady wind driven rain held both offenses in check. The Cougars walked away with a 10-7 lead at the break.

By the second half, the weather cleared, the wind lightened and both teams poured it on. By game’s end, the Herd was within a touchdown at 35-28.

For this year’s rematch, the wind will add a winter chill to the air and a flurry should give the guys on ESPN something to crow about. Advantage Marshall since a warm weather team like Houston will have to cope more with the cold to get their high powered attack into high gear. The Cougars practice in 70 and 80 degree October air. Now they will deal with a wind chill near freezing.

By the way, in the West Virginia high country that cold wind has produced the first snow of the young season. Jamie Funk from the Four Seasons Lodge in Richwood tells me the snow has collected 4 inches deep in the Nicholas County Mountains. Leaf-laden tree limbs snapped like twigs under the weight of the sopping wet snow. It was a picture postcard setting though travel along State route 39 was hazardous this morning. I hear of some power outs on the high ground near Fenwick Mountain.

Meanwhile, skiers will be happy to know Snowshoe and Canaan Valley measured close to half a foot of snow as this pre-Halloween bough bender has likely set the tome for a cold and snowy start to the winter of 2008-09. Bring it on!

I will add some snowy e-pixs after dinner. For now I am off to MU stadium to do my 6 PM weather live. Not surprisingly I have my thermals on and gloves in hand as I walk out the door.
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