Say It Ain't Snow!

Ut, oh! Tony is at it again. Blogging about snow for his loyal readers.

Commentary: Weekend Snowstorm Risk

The change of seasons often leads to our most severe weather. From winter to spring and from spring to summer, the atmosphere has a hard time behaving itself. During these times, air masses with wildly different temperature and humidity collide and produce big time storms. The Blizzard of 1993 (which this does not resemble) is a freakish example.

As I mentioned earlier this week, meteorological spring starts on Sunday (March 1) so in effect we are transitioning from winter to spring. With that statement as a backdrop, I offer to you the real prospect of a major heavy wet snowstorm this weekend in Appalachia.

First off, two caveats! The storm doesn’t exist yet. It has to form and behave as depicted on my supercomputer of choice. Not all computers are in the camp of this snow event, hence the uncertainty. Secondly, Appalachia is a big area spanning more than a dozen states.

That in a nutshell says my words need to be taken with a grain of salt. But if things pan out to their fullest, the heaviest snow of the season could be in the offing this weekend mainly south of I-64 in the Coalfields.

The oddity of this situation is that if it comes to pass, there could be a third round of power outs, this time from heavy wet bough-bending snows.

This situation has the real potential to snow all the way south into Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas In fact; it could snow into north Florida, truly, at spring break mecca Panama City! Ouch!!

If you are traveling I-77 from Charleston south to Wytheville, Route 23 the Country Music Highway from Ashland to Bristol, and even I-81 into Tennessee and I-75 from Lexington-London all the way to Knoxville, Chattanooga and Atlanta, update the forecast for a wet snowfall.

Check out Chris’ blog for more detail.

I rate the chances of the heaviest snow of the season highest in the Coalfields.

Specifically, a cold rain on Saturday would transition to a heavy wet snow Saturday night into Sunday. As for accumulations, well let’s wait for the Friday computer runs before we take a stab. As I mentioned on my Tuesday blog, the heaviest one event snow of the season in Huntington is 5 inches.

I write this blog as a service to my loyal readers. You now have more data than I gave to my 11pm viewers.

Thanks for reading!
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