Hello Winter and I Do Mean Winter

The next two weeks could be memorable for harsh winter weather. Tony spells out the snowy and icy set up.

Winter Weather Woes and Wows


With a winter storm targeting the Northeastern USA this weekend, there is plenty to talk about.

For our region, after a brief risk of freezing rain on Saturday morning, a wet and windy day will see temperatures reach the 40s by afternoon.

Don’t cancel your plans to take the kids to ballet or youth basketball since roads should be wet and not icy for the most part. Just be prudent if rain falls near dawn and the temperature is stuck below freezing.

That freezing threat is highest in Southern Ohio from Lucasville to Jackson and Marietta. Careful if you are traveling Route 35 from Gallipolis to Chillicothe before say 10 AM as some icing is possible.

For most, a chilly rain will make for a damp, dreary and drippy day with wisps of fog capping the high ground, so hill toppers be prepared for a cloak of white to shroud the ridges.

Colder air will spill back in Saturday night when wet snow showers may coat the ground by dawn on Sunday.

I-70, I-71

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the I-70 route from Indianapolis to Dayton to Columbus and Pittsburgh and for the I-71 trip from north of Cincinnati to Columbus to Lake Erie. This zone will see significant ice and snow accumulation.

The heaviest snow will be north of Columbus to Pittsburgh-Wheeling, while sleet and freezing will accrete from Cincy to Washington Courthouse and Dayton.

North on I-79, I-77

This storm’s path will actually produce more rain in West Virginia than snow or ice even as far north as Clarksburg. However sleet, snow and freezing rain will be problematic from Morgantown northward into PA and eastward on I-68 toward Frostburg.

As always, a functioning defroster is a must in your car if you are traveling during an ice storm. Trust me, I found out the hard way back at Penn State in 1981!


This being a Super Bowl year on NBC, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a forecast for the 4 playoff games this weekend.

The Titan-Raven game will turn into a windy and chilly one with daytime rains giving way to just an evening shower. Temperatures in the 30s will be a factor, but 25 mile per hour winds may affect long passes from Messers Flacko and Collins.

In Charlotte, a wet evening will also be somewhat breezy, so I would think the Cougar-Cardinal game would be lower scoring than the wise guys say.

Sunday’s game in the Big Apple will follow a snow, sleet and rain storm from the night before. The stands at Giants stadium will be filled with snow, so my Birds may have to deal with snowballs from rowdy G-Men fans.

Winds to 25 and temperatures in the 30s will be identical to conditions when the Iggles beat the Giants in December.

Finally, Tim’s Steelers will lust over the 6 inches of Saturday snow that fall in Pittsburgh. The Chargers will sit in their hotel rooms and worry about “Steeler weather” all day on Saturday.

Sunday’s weather looks windy and cold with flurries and temperatures in the 20s and wind chills in the teens at Heinz Field.


The pattern is so energetic that we can see a shot of snow every day next week, though the later we get into the week, the harsher the cold will get.

Assuming we lay down a nice snow pack (and that seems likely), the opportunity for sub-zero cold by week’s end is real.

Just how much snow we get is a matter for conjecture. If we ended the week without at least 6 inches on the ground, I would be disappointed (from a curiosity standpoint), though I fully understand the hardship that much snow would cause given the impending arctic outbreak.

So here are some suggestions for next week.

1. Plan to shop early in the week to avoid a possible late week mad rush (hey, it happens AND NO I DON’T GET A KICKBACK FROM GROCERS).

2. Have some rock salt available as a melting agent since a deep freeze could turn any slush into solid ice.

3. If you haven’t checked the anti-freeze in your car, do it by Wednesday. Nobody wants a cracked block to deal with.

4. Kids do your homework diligently since a long spell of days off could set your studies back.
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