Snow Days are Here Again

Like the song says, snowy (or happy) days are here again. Tony blogs up our first snowfall of the season with a whimsical blog about a snow shovel.

8 AM Update

The scanner is still busy here in Charleston where I-64 is bumper to bumper eastbound. I hear of a host of fender benders across the Kanawha Valley.

This has been a black ice case more than a snowfall with last night's melted snow having frozen, then covered by a dusting of fresh powder.

Watch that first step today as even at sidewalk level now, ice is a problem here in Charleston.

I am going to take a nap now and allow for the morning rush hour and ice to settle down before heading home.

6 AM Update

I am manning our Charleston weather center this morning where about a half inch of snow is on the grass. Roads are wet here in town with the bridges slick. Salt crews are out throughout the Kanawha Valley.

My trip in from Huntington was rather tame in Cabell County with roads dry to start, then damp near Milton as a sudden snow squall swept across the Mud River.

By Putnam County, police were attending to a car that had skidded off the road into the enbankment. It was apparent that the road that appeared damp had indeed turned icy. A salt truck was now working the west bound lane.

Into Kanawha County I received a real scare when my car hyrdoplaned on a damp section of road. Fortunately I had the speedometer well below the 70mph limit. I did not panic, pumped the brakes and avoided a fish tail.

In a nutshell, if it looks damp, treat it as though it is ice this morning.

The Pike County Sheriff Ky folks tell me roads are snow covered and slick especially around Indian Creek near Virgie. Salt trucks are out there.

Yet in Scioto County, Rosemount Road is open a sure sign that things are quiet so far to our west.

The Orange Snow Shovel

Funny thing happened in my neighborhood on Monday. As I brought out my big orange snow shovel out for the winter, a buzz was heard. That murmur is a sure sign that Old Man Winter is early this year.

And next to my front door the shovel will stay until the last snowflakes of the season dance their way into fellow snow lover’s hearts. You see, I am the designated snow shoveled and when my neighbors see the huge orange snow shovel leaning against my front door they do their annual “oh no, it’s really winter” dance.

Bart, my bud, was walking Josie the Weiner Dog when he yelled across the meadow. “Hey Tony, how much snow are we getting tonight”. I quickly answered, “maybe just enough to give the orange wonder a little workout. It's the ice on the second floor that I am most concerned with.”

Here’s the skinny. The pattern that has set this week before Thanksgiving is more typical of Christmas week or New Years than Turkey day. So cold will the air be on Tuesday that even the mention of rain is foolhardy. It is snow and JUST SNOW.

The ground is warm enough for accumulations in the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys to be limited to an inch or so on grass in the river valley towns, but as much as 2 or 3 inches on the tallest hills.

As for the mountains, it’s colder and snow is sticking fast and furiously this Monday evening. Here the kids will have a field day with a 6 to 12 inch snowfall in the cards in towns like Richwood, Summersville and Webster Springs.
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