Stormy Double Trouble

It continues to be an active winter weather pattern here in Appalachia. Tony says its rain on the front end, but snow on the flip side of a one-two late week storm punch.

Lions Club Arts, Crafts and Snow

A quick reminder, when I write at WSAZ.COM I often offer my loyal readers a special insight into weather patterns that I do not give my viewers on TV. Naturally, those thoughts are going to be more “seat of the pants” in nature. My philosophy is The Internet is no place to play it close to the vest!

The goal is to KEEP YOU one up on changing weather patterns. Those thoughts are not always going to be accurate. As I told the Lawrence County Ohio Safety board last Friday, if I knew for sure, “I would be making millions on Wall Street”.

Such was my feeling last Friday of a late week snowstorm this week. Even tonight, I am closely weighing the risk of snow accumulations in our region on Thursday and Friday.

What we know for sure is our region is in for a heavy rain storm Tuesday night thru early Thursday. Falling on a frozen ground, rain runoff will be high and the prospects for local street and even stream flooding appear high.

A second colder storm will be taking aim at the Northeast on Thursday into Friday. If the track is just right (say up I-81), and the intensity is strong, we could get an important snowfall. Since this second storm is only in its infancy stages here on Tuesday night, we have to give it a chance to breathe before we tout exactly where its heavy snow shield will set up.

We will be fine tuning that forecast on Wednesday when a shot of heavy rain will swamp some storm sewers and make for some street flooding problems.

By the way, I wanted to tout the job the Southeast Huntington Lions Club did in putting on a very good Arts and Crafts Fair this past weekend. I had the privilege to man the Coalition for the Homeless booth on Saturday evening at the Big Sandy Arena.

Lion Jim Perry tells me business was good Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, but tailed off at night when the roads turned especially slick downtown. “Wish you could have kept the snow away”, Jim chided. Fortunately downtown roads had been mainly wet during the day, but glare ice did form after sundown as temperatures dipped below freezing.

Dick Jimison stopped by the booth to boast of his grandson Zach Bell on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a navy carrier. Zach is in meteorology on the craft and reviews weather and ocean charts everyday from a state of the art computer room. Dick had the chance to board the ship recently!

I will bet Zach will make a great interview for one of my stories on First at Five when he is on furlough.

Karen Stone owns the Enchanted Eggs jewelers. She too mentioned how the snow seemed to ‘streak in ahead of schedule’. I mentioned that’s why we call them clippers, since the clip along or fly in sometimes at break neck speed.

Speaking of clippers, another one is due in with snow on Friday, but the possible bigger snowfall will be the southern storm we will be tracking from Georgia to Virginia on Thursday. Wish I knew if we would how much snow it will or will not bring, but right now that’s not a prediction I can make with certainty.

So to Mrs Ruby’s kindergarten class I say, keep your fingers crossed for Thursday-Friday snow!

Think Snow!!
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