More to Come

By: Robert
By: Robert

Tony coined the phrase "Throwback Winter" back in December. That's one prediction that nobody can quibble with now!

Snows Melt then Regenerate

Who Dat say the WSAZ snow forecasts are always wrong? Either people smoking funny cigarettes or kids who want a snow day every time we mention a flurry. By the way both (smoking and doubting our forecasts) can be hazardous to your health!

Yes I read the naysayers comments, and chuckle. I never said the forecasts were always right and frankly I do not want them to be. But these bozos must have forgotten the 28th Admendment to the Constitution that we enacted 2 winters ago; namely, it is the privlidge of everyone who marvels at the weather to predict how much snow is going to fall.

Sometimes we will nail it (like This morning and frankly rather frequently this winter), other times we get nailed (like this past Saturday). Always we enjoy the challenge of predicting Mother Nature's next move.

Take tonight! As expected today's rains have washed away much of the morning snow, except in Southern Ohio and far Northern Kentucky(where it was supposed to not melt). Still, runoff from today's slop-storm has roads and sidewalks wet and slushy in places. Now comes word of a true arctic front barrelling our way. Later tonight, a sudden squall of snow accompanied by 30 mile per hour winds and brief whiteout conditions will lay down a quick inch of snow.

The water that remains on roads, sidewalks will freeze underneath the fresh coating. That is a recipe for treacherous driving and walking conditions. That's why I am hunkering down for the night here at our Charleston studio where I will report live on Virginia street first thing in the morning.

By Wednesday morning, several intense bands of snow will show up like fingers on 3D Doppler Radar when you join Marina and Josh at 5 AM. They will be manning our Huntington studio weather center.

Where and when these bands set up, watch out.

I sense between 7 and noon will be the time with the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers seeing the action first then the Big Sandy second. I have seen patterns like this drop wind whipped snows that behave like mini-blizzards.

Most areas will get a few new inches of dry powdery snow with localized 5 and 6 inch amounts. I recall times when these squalls stall in the Kanawha Valley and Coalfields and drop many inches of snow.

We shall see how things turn out in the morning. But for now I remind readers that my forecasts are based on my unique interpretation of the weather charts. I work hard to apply the laws of physics and chemistry to the ever changing state of the atmosphere. Sometimes I get it right, other times I fall short.

But then again as Robert Browning wrote...

"but what is heaven for if a man's reach does not exceed his grasp". Simply put, we all need to reach for the stars but settle for less, else we will be in heaven.
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