January Weather to Stick Around

Wednesday morning the low dropped into the teens. Meanwhile, snow has piled up to 20" in the high country. And pass the word, Tony says winter is not only early but determined to be harsh.

Winter Is Here, Deal With It!

That “deal with it” crack is from our weather computer vendor from Wisconsin who puts my PC skills down whenever he helps me troubleshoot a problem. No wonder I do not like him!

Applied to our region, I am stating categorically that the cold has locked in and will be with us thru Thanksgiving and perhaps even Christmas.

On my morning jog, the gang from Pro-Green of Lavalette was out in my neighborhood doing some late season landscaping. “Hey Tony, why did you make it get so cold” and “the leaves are sure coming down now” were among the comments thrown my way. “Hey, winter is early guys, just deal with it”, my reply.

Tuesday’s nuisance coating of snow actually piled up to 4” near Sissonville just north of Charleston by 10 miles. The fickle nature of the snowfall in our region makes accumulation predictions dicey. At my house in Barboursville, for example, we had a mere dusting.

In the mountains, the best ski season opening in decades, maybe of all time, is set for Friday or next week. Canaan and Snowshoe measured close to 20 inches of powder and combined with 24 hour snowmaking, the bases will be monstrous for so early in the season.

Joe Stevens is a veteran of many ski seasons. "In the 90's we opened one year on November 6. I would have to agree this is an awesome opening with the recent natural snow and cold temperatures. At the end of the day, the conditions are perfect for an opening day, not as good in recent years", Joe told me as he waxed his new parabolics!

Opportunities for new snow locally come Friday morning when an inch would be possible and again next Tuesday-Wednesday when a nice pre-Turkey day snowfall could set us up for a rare White Thanksgiving.

Early call for the Winter Wonderland of Lights parade in Ashland is for a snowy walk down Carter and up Winchester past the Paramount. Sure hope there will be some hot chocolate stands along the way!

I have definite concerns for travelers next week, so check back with WSAZ.COM for updates.

After dinner, I will post some e-pixs of the snow at the ski lodges where the early season rates are down and bases are up. Sounds like a tempting combination for skiers.
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