Polar Weather Brings out Klondike Tony

He's back! And more frigid than ever!! Klondike Tony makes his first arctic appearance in tonight's Mini-Blizzard blog.

Rare Arctic Snow Sweeps Thru

This Tuesday night much of the WSAZ viewing area is being pummeled by a rare Arctic Snow. These polar fronts pack an impressive arsenal of winter weapons including blinding snow squalls, howling winds and plummeting temperatures.

Yes these are Blizzard conditions, but since they only last an hour or so, this is not a Blizzard. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches occur in 2 hours where the most potent of these squalls occur.

For long time WSAZ viewers, you know my nonsensical definition of a squall is a snow shower that has had its Wheaties. Well, tonight, these arctic snow showers seem to have OD’d on steroids. Here at the studio, the Cabell Courthouse dome a mere city block away is faintly visible.

The dry powder is being whipped around by swirling winds of 25 miles per hour. The air temperature has plummeted into the teens with wind chills now near 0. Salt will be rendered useless on roads and snowplows are being called out in force.

My gut says these squalls will make it into Putnam and Kanawha Counties later this evening but with less intensity as they run into unfavorable winds aloft.

As for Wednesday, snow will fall in flurry form. Sporadic light showers much of the time followed by briefly intense squalls.

Total accumulations will be highest in the Coalfields and on the mountain tops where towns like Whitesville, Logan, Matewan, Inez, Pikeville and Paintsville may surpass 6 and even 8 inches with ski lodges like Winterplace and Canaan doing a wind driven foot.

The I-64 zone from Grayson to Huntington to Hurricane to Charleston will average 3 or 4 inches while Interior Southern Ohio north of the main squall action tones things down to 1”-3”.

It sure looks and feels like the Yukon on this third night of February.

Klondike Tony

P.S. If you are reading this from a winter retreat in the Sunbelt take heart. The weather up north is a whiteout this Tuesday night.
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