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Welcomed Warm Up Not the Real Deal

This week's cold and snow/ice fall will be replaced by milder winds the rest of the work week. But TC sounds the cautionary "buyer beware" siren in his updated Wintry blog.

Early Winter Pause a Head Fake

If you are a college football fan, I challenge you to play the Bowl Football bonanza here at WSAZ.COM. Click on the bowl link, make your picks then keep track of how you fare against the Nittany Lion (that would be me). Bet I beat you!

That may seem like an odd way to open tonight’s blog, but you know me, there is a metaphor coming! So far, the lead up to winter (the solstice comes at 7:04 Sunday morning) has been rather mischievous with by my count 8 rounds of snow and ice, light though most have been.

Randy Yohe is reporting a growing salt shortage for Scioto County this winter, a sure sign that the hit and run snows this season have been impacting on society. Portsmouth measured 2-3 inches of sleet and snow on Tuesday.

Now, I sense a 3 day break from the cold and snows. Temperatures will warm into the 40s on Thursday then 50s on Friday when strong winds will chase rain showers thru the region. Saturday looks moderate with highs in the 40s.

I liken this brief respite from the cold and snow to a Pat White scramble. White is the senior, honorable mention All-American QB for the West Virginia Mounties. When the ball is in White’s hands, he is capable of a long run every play. His elusiveness has faked the jock off many a D lineman and linebacker.

That’s the way I see this in-coming “break from winter” weather. It is a mere head fake and by Sunday thru next Wednesday, I sense some of severe winter weather with harsh cold and significant snows will be close by if not in our region.

Now stop right there. I am telling you my loyal readers what I sense for next week. I am not being as forceful on the air yet. TV is a medium to play things close to the vest in the long range.

But the internet is an avenue for me to share my inner most thoughts with fellow snow lovers. As I told the Southern Ohio Safety Board 2 weeks ago, the pattern reminds me of 1994 which was the harshest winter in my 20+ years here at WSAZ.

Let’s wait and see if it pans out since a White Christmas forecast made a week in advance (yes, that was my prediction made Thanksgiving week) is one that should be taken with a grain of salt!

By the way, don’t sell the Big Ten short in the bowl bonanza as I believe Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and my beloved Nittany Lions will all surprise and win their games!
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