Super Bowl of Winter Storms

The Steelers and Cards square off in Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday. But don't tell that to Tony who says there is a Winter Storm moving in that has the makings of the biggest of the season.

Old Man Winter’s Punch

Frankly, I have lost track how many small accumulations/dustings/skiffs (is that a word) of snow and ice we have been through this winter. At last count, there were 15, but what’s a lost coating or 2 among friends?

Thru it all, we have amassed less than 10 inches of snow in most of the region. Sure it has been cold, but snows we can sink our teeth into have been few and far between.

Sunday night’s snow was our first over-achiever of the season with a general one to two inches of powder. My late night walk thru the neighborhood came with the snow fluttering down in a nearly calm, moderately chilled atmosphere. Quite therapeutic!

The Winter Storm Alert for Tuesday is for a heavier weighted, ice laden snowfall that should average 4 or 5 inches along I-64 with more to the north and less to the south.

Careful shoveling the snow since it’s weight will be much higher due to ice and water content. Bad backs are assured and in the weather biz we call this a “heart attack” snow. Do yourself a favor and hire a kid to do the walk.

Of equally important concern is the prospect of an ice storm on Tuesday night in that famous snow and ice belt that runs from Vanceburg and Greenup westward along AA highway, then winds its way across Southern Ohio from Portsmouth and Jackson to Gallipolis, Pomeroy and McArthur and finally into Central WV along the Little Kanawha near Parkersburg and Elizabeth.

Prep for power outs here and hope for more snow and less ice than we are forecasting!

Finally, an inch or 2 of rain after the morning snow and ice could spell a street flooding night from Charleston south along Route 119 into the WV and KY Coalfields.

As for Wednesday’s weather, second verse same as the first, but in reverse. First rain, then ice then snow, maybe heavy!

No wonder I think the Super Bowl (of forecasting) is a few days early!
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