White Christmas Chances Looking Up

It is still 3 weeks before Santa's trip in from the North Pole but TC says the pattern is ripe for white, as in a White Christmas.


A Day on the Road

During my Tuesday travelogue, I told my hosts in Rio Grande Ohio and Huntington that between then and next weekend, I am expecting several snowfalls. I also mentioned that I expected 2 snowstorms (not just snowfalls, as in 4” or more) before Christmas. Details will be ironed out.

Thursday’s event gets the snow ball rolling, so to speak, and will start as rain. The transition to wet melting snow for most will come during the afternoon. The melting likely precludes a slick evening rush hour as only a coating on grass and rooftops is expected for most. But if you live in the mountains, get ready to do some shoveling. Richwood, Summersville, Webster Springs and Oak Hill will likely see a wet 2 to 4 inches Thursday afternoon thru Friday dawn.

Back to my Tuesday travelogue! My first stop was my annual trip to the University of Rio Grande where I spoke with the Southern Ohio Safety Board. These public and private corporation safety coordinators became a captive audience when I mentioned we were likely in for a snowy and cold first half of winter.

My old buddy Jerry Walters, a semi-retired winter snow plowman was on hand from Jackson. I had surprised Jerry with a special visit to his retirement party a few years ago. But he is back helping to coordinate snow removal in Jackson.

With multiple snowfalls likely in the next 3 weeks, our chances of a white Christmas are higher than normal, though as always I stress it must snow a day or 2 before Christmas or Christmas day itself to assure us of a white dawn.

By the way, I also stopped by the U of R.G. student center where I shot some pool with Brad Altler of Corning NY and played some air hockey with Wellston’s own Derek Comley. The buzz on campus is the Red Storm’s march toward a national soccer championship!

The students promised to send me an e-pix of our rendezvous, so when I get it, you will see it here at the new wsaz.com!

I drove back from Gallia County with Christmas music galore on Magic 97.9 and heard my favorite holiday song, Felix Navidad and Jose Feliciano. Of course there is nothing like snow to get me in the Christmas spirit!

After joining Chris for the early evening forecast (Chris has been so on target about the cold and snowy start to winter since August), I headed out to the Mildred Mitchell Bateman hospital for the center’s annual Christmas tree lighting.

The folks at MMB rolled out the red carpet with Santa on hand to make the kids feel special and the Wayne High Show Chorus belting out a montage of carols!

We lit the tree outside then hurried inside for my favorite, some hot chocolate with marshmallows!

Now if we can only get some serious snow in here before Christmas!
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