Arctic Storm

The weekend thaw is history. Now Monday's wet snow in southern and eastern sections is a hint of what's to come on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Super Game, Now Super Squall Pattern

12 AM Update

Black ice has formed on many roads as melted snow and patchy dense fog have dampened many surfaces with temperatures below 32. Watch that first step in the morning!

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Admit it! Super Bowl XLIII lived up to its billing. My prediction of Arizona upsetting Tim’s vaunted Steelers proved worthy but for 2 minutes as the Cards rallied against all odds and came within a whisker of carrying the Lombardi Trophy back to the Valley of the Sun.

So close, yet so far!

Now today, Punxsutawney Phil and other noble groundhogs found time in their winter slumber to see their shadows and predict any 6 weeks of winter!

Trust me I was up at 6 AM watching and writing down every woodchuck’ese Phil spat out. As I mentioned to the Ashland Rotarians who invited me to a special Groundhog day luncheon, to hear people who comment on my blog tell it, you would think I need all the help I can get to forecast the weather correctly.

But there is no time off for the winter weary as another Arctic snowfall is headed our way. This one will be introduced by snow squalls on Tuesday and will be accompanied by 25 mile per hour winds, briskly falling snow and plummeting temperatures.

Accumulations will be dry and powdery. Fluffy in nature, the snow will be blown into some nice drifts which will make accurate snow measurements problematic. Visibility in the heavier squalls will make it look like a mini-blizzard.

Rule of thumb, more snow will fall points south in the Coalfields this go around as compared to the still ice and snow covered northern snow fields of Interior southern Ohio. Many areas will measure 4 inches and I have watched patterns like this dump 8 inches in the Coalfields before.

Yes, this is the same upper air storm system that had the makings of energizing a southern storm when we first watched it show up on our supercomputers early last week. On Thursday this wave was in the North Pacific, some 4 thousand miles away.

Since then this packet of energy some 5 miles up in the heavens has contorted its shape enough to confuse mere mortal meteorologists like myself and the supercomputers we use to predict the weather.

The only thing that is clear now, is that this northern wave will not link with a southern storm. NO PHASING, NO BLIZZARD.

But still, this energy packet looks potent and the concern is that like last Friday’s wave, it will produce an enhanced band of heavier snows.

Bottom line, there should be a general accumulating snow across the region the next 2 days with snow plows out in force by Tuesday night. If you live in towns like Williamson, Logan, Pikeville and Paintsville, I sense the heaviest snow of the season to date.

Chances are good that school is in session on Tuesday ahead of the main snow, though early dismissals are possible.

As for Wednesday’s school schedule, I expect many delays or closings, though as I told two teenagers, Paul and Hans, at a Super Bowl party on Sunday, “study just in case”.

As always, my blog is intended to give my loyal readers more information than someone can get on my TV shows.

By the way, I went sledding over at Guyan on Saturday and had a blast. When I get the e-pixs we shot back, I will write all about it!

Thanks for reading and think snow!
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