Harsh Weekend Ahead

The break from the snowy pattern of December is over. Tony says now it's January's time to get in on the action.

11PM Update

Reports of thunder and lightning with the evening snowburst suggest we will wind up with a general 2"-4" by mid morning Saturday.

Again, I stress let the sun come up and salt trucks and plows do their thing then watch roads improve by mid day Saturday.

Gut says another fresh coat occurs Saturday night before sunshine returns and glistens off the snowpack on Sunday.

As for next week's southern storm....I qoute Robert Frost...."and miles to go before I sleep"!

Stay tuned!

January Joins the Fun

Can we talk? If so, Joan Rivers would be proud of our snowy chat!

Turns out the harsh winter pattern of December is returning in full force. So today’s light nuisance snowfall will give way to a steadier, brisker snowfall that should lay down a general 1”-3” of fresh powder by sunrise on Saturday.

Unlike last night’s wet snow which melted at first, tonight’s snow will stick from the get go. Roads will be slick tonight as a blustery wind blows the snow around making for low visibility. High school hoops fans should expect slippery travel returning from your favorite gym by say 9 o’clock.

The culprit for this snow is a reinforcing arctic front which will be passing overnight into Saturday. Careful if your youth basketball team has a Saturday morning game since roads will be snow covered and slickest then.

Snow plows and salt trucks will do yeomen work to clear our roads and by midday Saturday travel conditions will improve as snow lightens to flurries. Still, untreated secondary roads will remain snow covered and slippery all day long.

I will be bound for Hurricane High by 1 pm to host the Red Hot Show Choir’s dinner theatre. Naturally, I will not let a few inches of snow dissuade me. Traveling at mid day with the sun up, roads will be improving after the morning snow wanes and Ol Sol penetrates the clouds.

Since bitter cold blusters will follow the passage of the arctic front, air temperatures over the snow pack will nestle into the upper teens Saturday afternoon. By that time wind chills will be in the 0 to 10 above range so the kids will be hard pressed to stay outside in the snow for more than a few hours. My suggestion, bring a steaming thermos of hot chocolate to the slopes as the kids do their sledding runs.

For skiers, the news is all about powder! At press time Friday afternoon, already 4 inches of new snow had fallen at Snowshoe and all our WV resorts should be able to add at least a foot of new snow Friday night through Sunday morning. Air temperatures on Saturday will hover around 5 above in the high country then fall below zero by Sunday morning.

I will add to this blog after dinner.
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