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Roar Lion Roar

March is here and it is giving us the cold shoulder. Tony blogs up a blustery prose to begin the most Lion of all months.

March Lion Roars a BRRR Tune

Get set for a bitter cold night across the region, as temperatures tumble as low as 10 degrees in many urban areas and zero to 5 above in the snow covered mountains. No records mind you, but folks this is March and the normal high is already in the 50s.

Skiers heading into the high country on Tuesday, beware of a sun burn as you get a double whammy with direct sun on your face and reflected sun off the fresh snow pack. At Snowshoe for example, 3 inches of snow have fallen since Saturday night. Bases are strong and the slopes groomed for your downhill adventure.

Here at home, the deep blue arctic sky on Tuesday will belie the cold feeling to the air. My suggestion to you is to walk on the sunny side of the downtown office buildings between Quarrier and Clendenin Streets in downtown Charleston where the Quanzan Japanese Cherry trees will be in bloom in another month.

Highs will range from 19 at Snowshoe to 32 or 33 on most downtown thermometers.

As for the legend of the March Lion…

(Sound effect… Lion roaring)

…trust me I know the sound of a hungry one roaring. I have witnessed it first hand many times. You see when you matriculate at Penn State, you hear canned sound of the Nittany Lions on the loudspeaker on fall Saturday’s at Beaver Stadium!

That makes me an expert in lion roars! Applied to our current weather pattern, I contend that March has indeed roared onto the scene though with more of a Polar Bear grunt.

In case you missed my special Sunday blog, I wrote about how that big snowstorm just missed us to the south and east. I lamented that same concept when Chris and I debated the weekend snow and icy rain pattern earlier today.

Actually this past weekend, my favorite short range model (from the 1980s) did a better job than our supercomputers of the 1990s and 2000s. I note that since tonight, my old friend the NGM is laid to forecasting rest. I will write a tribute to the NGM on Tuesday. But for tonight, the temperature is set to fall faster than the stock market!

So throw an extra blanket on the bed and plan on bundling the kids to the max as they await the school bus in the morn.
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