St. Valentine's Day Weather

On the most romantic of celebrated holidays, Tony says Cupid's arrows will have to only dodge a few harmless snow showers this weekend. Until Monday, that is!

Sweetheart Snow Pattern

It’s a weekend for lovers as Cupid’s arrows will be flying this Valentine’s Day. From boxes of dark chocolate (is there still a Whitman Sampler?) to the traditional dozen red roses, guys will be serenading their sweethearts and even slipping rings on their fingers on Sunday.

Weather-wise, conditions across the Eastern US are best described as a winter lover’s dream. It is snowing heavily this Friday eve from Peachtree Street in Atlanta to the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand to Hilton Head Island SC and Savannah Georgia.

The enclosed e-picture is a winter wonderland in Atlanta.

By dawn, snow will lay 3”-5” deep thru all of South Carolina even to the beachfront! Charlotte too will awaken to a thick mantle of white on Saturday morning. Flights out of Douglas International will be running behind as de-icing of aircraft goes on.

The “southern” storm producing the Dixie snow is the first one this year totally missing our region. But before you stop and breathe a sigh of relief, already a new arctic front and polar storm are warming up in the Canadian bullpen. In tandem, this one two punch will deliver a healthy snowfall to our region.

The snow will start rather quietly on Saturday with a blustery northwest wind chasing flurries thru our region. Watch for a few heavier showers to briefly dust the ground, before melting away. Snow lovers will be re-energized by a fresh coating on Saturday night.

The same arctic trough will muster genuine snow squalls (non-sensically a squall is a snow shower that has its Wheaties) across the high country. So holiday weekend skiers will be treated to a few inches of new snow in time for Saturday afternoon downhill runs at Wisp, Canaan, Timberline, Snowshoe, Winterplace and Seven Springs.

On Sunday talk of an approaching northwestern storm will fill church social gatherings. It appears as though Sunday will feature just some flurry action, giving travelers a chance to get out of town before the accumulating snow hits by Monday morning.

President’s day figures to feature an all day snowfall with several inches accumulating. Overall, I would not be surprised to see as much snow next week as we had this week (a general 3 to 6 inches of powder).

As for the snowbound Northeast, a genuine panic could set in when word of a third Noreaster grows to a possible east coast blizzard. From Washington DC-Baltimore up I-95 to Philly and NYC-Boston, there is credible evidence that some areas could get another wind blown foot of snow.

So to summarize, Cupid’s arrows should find their targets this weekend as our next main event snowfall holds off until Monday.

Just think, spring is only a little more than 4 weeks away!
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