Holy Cow, Cold and Snowy Pattern

A remarkable weather pattern is setting up for the next few weeks. Tony has the cold and flakey story.

Holy Cow!

That’s the pet phrase of the “Scooter” Phil Rizzuto, former Hall of Fame shortstop and broadcaster for the New York Yankees. The colorful Italian was a popular fixture in baseball for more than half a century and used his trademark “Holy Cow” phrase to describe Maris’ 61st and Reggie’s 3 in one World Series game.

Just a few minutes ago, my colleague Chris Bailey let out a “holy cow” of his own as he briefed me on the bitter cold ensembles for late next week.

Think of the ensemble as our best “consensus” weather model for longer range winter forecasting. Basically, the ensembles say we may be in for the coldest weather of the decade sometime late next week and beyond.

Mind you for that to occur, we must lay a nice snow pack down so bitter cold North Pole air can funnel unimpeded south into our region. Since the ground is bare right now in the Ohio Valley and along the Great Lakes, there must be a snowstorm before we can get bitter cold.

No snow, no bitter air.

In the short term, a few passing flurries this Thursday night for Santa’s arrival in Logan (6 PM parade) will turn into a few inches of snow in the mountains. On Friday, Winterplace and Timberline join the skiing fun for keeps. At Snowshoe, they are calling the early season snows “historic” with more than 70 inches having already fallen this young ski season.

Friday’s cold will be tame compared to Sunday’s deep arctic chill. Readings will start out near 20 for the early school bell before struggling to reach freezing at Cam Field in Belfry in the afternoon. Here the Pirates and their fans will play a frigid football semi-final game at 7.

Santa and his elves will have Jack Frost nipping at their noses too on Friday night with a host of parades in Dunbar, Kermit and Man at 5 and Charleston at 7.

Saturday’s parades start on the Mound in South Charleston at noon with Madison hosting Santa at 2, Gallipolis at 4:15, Hurricane at 4:30 and finally Chapmanville and Matewan at 5.

Saturday is also championship day in the shadows of Oglebay Park in Wheeling for the Black Eagles and Patriots. I sense some snow showers if not for this Class AAA battle of titans then certainly for the return trip home. Good luck guys and may the team better prepared for the elements prevail!

By Saturday night, a general light snow pattern will take hold locally with bitter cold arctic blusters and a fresh mantle of snow greeting Sunday morning church goers.

Next week a major southern storm may deliver us a more important snowfall followed by the cold snap of the decade. But I stress, this is all contingent on laying a nice snow pack down. So let’s see how things pan out.

For now, I just say those of you who are reading my blog from warm southern climes, we are in for a harsh spell of weather up north during the next few weeks!
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