Hello Thaw, Goodbye Snow

Don't get too excited but this weekend will be just what the doctor ordered for snow fever sufferers.

Quiet Weekend Weather

Picture this! I have all my financial papers spread across a huge table, my dagwood in hand and the Winter Olympics on a beautiful plasma screen.

That’s the way I envision my weekend as I tote my lunch and W-2s, 1099s and the like to the WSAZ studios where in our conference room I will enjoy a fun and productive weekend.

The farthest thing from my mind will be the weather outside since this middle weekend of the Olympics will be nothing like what we saw earlier this week or will see the second half of next week.

In a nutshell, the only weather concern I have this weekend is the patchy black ice that will form at sunset as the day’s melted snow refreezes on bridges, winding roads and on sidewalks.

In fact, the snow will be gone except in leftover shoveled piles for most by Sunday.

That said, in Interior Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, your deeper snow pack from Carter Caves to the Shawnee Forest to Apple-town to the Zaleski State Forest will hang in a day longer. Then when a soaking rain falls on Monday, even that snow will wash away.

If you are skiing in the mountains, the conditions will start primo and end just plain good. Since locally highs will hit the 40s, a 10 degree subtraction means 35-40 at Winterplace, Snowshoe, Canaan and Timberlake by Sunday.

Here’s a link to your favorite resort’s conditions. And keep in mind, any late February-March day with sun you can get a sunburn while skiing as you get a double dose of solar exposure from the sun hitting your face and from the reflection off the snow.

http://www.skireport.com/westvirginia/

As for me, the only skiing I will be doing will come vicariously as I watch the Super G and Slalom from Whistler Mountain in British Columbia where I expect a sunny and temperate weekend. In fact no arctic air will reach the games before the flame is extinguished. That’s because the frigid polar air next week will be setting up shop in your neighborhood where my early prediction is for as much snow next week as we saw the past 2 weeks (3”-6” on average).

One final note, by the time the Olympics are done it will be March Madness time, and in the wacky world of weather you know what that means for our area, more snow! Can you say cabin fever and Home and Garden Show in the same breathe?
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