Winter Returns with Squalls
The cold blusters of winter will return on Friday with a burst of snow midday into the afternoon likely to produce poor travel conditions.
Thursday night’s light snow pattern was expected to melt on paved surfaces while coating grass and rooftops for an astounding 15th time this winter season. Adding it all up, there has been less than 12 inches of snow except in the mountains.
Friday’s snow prospects offer some travel issues. The initial snow looks to melt on paved surfaces. Then as temperatures fall below freezing, roads will become slick. In addition, the winds will blow hard and vision through the intense snow showers will be poor during these near whiteout conditions.
Fortunately the squalls only last 15-30 minutes, but they leave behind a whitened landscape and ice on untreated roads.
One final thought, you will know a blinding squall is moving in when the sky suddenly turns dark on the western horizon with sunshine breaking through where you are.
Another round of snow showers is expected Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Next week will see a piece of the polar vortex break off and head into the Northeast USA. That should translate to more snow and the second coldest arctic cold snap of this winter.
Bottom line, skiers enjoy the likely 6"-10" of weekend powder at your favorite resort over the Martin Luther King weekend.