March Snowy Lion

It happens every year. A wet snowfall swoops in from the south in March. We missed out 10 days ago, but TC says this go round looks a bit juicier!

March Wet Snowfall

Did you feel it today? That chilling north breeze that stirred the early tree buds as if to say, “hey guys, stop sprouting”.

Did you see it today? The morning milky sun fading behind a veil of afternoon graying clouds; the late day overcast lowering and thickening to the point where you just know those clouds are saying “we are snow clouds”.

Indeed, from my perspective, we are setting up for a nice wet March snowfall tonight.

I liken this case to what we didn’t see 2 weekends ago. Then the air was plenty cold and moist, but we had more sleet and icy rain than snow. My forecast of a general one to three inches of snow turned into a sleety quarter of an inch of ice.

This go round, the air appears colder in the heavens above (a snow indicator) and less cold down here on terra firma (a wet snow sign).

After a string of warm days in the 70s and 80s, the ground has not had a chance to chill back down. This tells me wet snow will be melting on paved surfaces at first with more accumulation above ground (cars, roofs, grass etc).

Early call is for as much as 3 or 4 inches of wet bough bending snow in the tallest hills of the Coalfields and Southern Mountains, with an inch or 2 in valley towns. This includes the region from West Liberty to Louisa to Madison and points south. Schools will likely be closed or delayed in this region.

Now within 20 miles north and south of I-64, there should be enough wet snow to make for a winter wonderland. A general inch in town with 2 inches on the hilltops looks on target by sunrise Friday. This includes the River Cities of Huntington-Ashland-Ironton, Hurricane, Nitro, St Albans, Charleston and Clay. Again most of the accumulation will be above ground level.

Farther north, snow will have a tough time getting into Interior Southern Ohio and Central WV. So from Lucasville to Wellston to Elizabeth, you may be lucky to just get the ground dusted.

In a nutshell then, snow is coming back to town for one of the last times this winter. (Note I said ONE OF THE LAST TIMES).
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