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More March Weather Madness

Call it March Madness, weather style. Call it the Lion Roars again. Whatever it is, Tony says we are in for a coating of snow Sunday morning.

Sunday AM Update

It's 5AM and a look at radar and weathercams at wsaz.com suggests the overnight snowfall has been lighter than expected. The reason is a dry slot of air has cut back on the moisture supply for this weak system. But that also means the air is a bit colder a bit quicker. That tells me that there will be some icy spots on untreated roads for morning church goers.

Use the windshield test this sunday morning. If you have to scrape snow/ice off your car windshield, then ice will be an issue on any untreated bridge/winding rural road.

The Lion Roars

The legend of the month of March is simple; namely, how it begins, it ends in the opposite fashion. Start warm as a cuddley lamb, end cold as a hunger lion. Begin with a friendly day of sun, end with a menacing rain or snowfall.

You get the idea, March is the most tempermental and capricious of all the months. Take this past week when we feasted with highs in the 70s to start, only to watch a band of hail producing, gusty storms end our warm wave in thunderous fashion. Now the March Lion is set to get a bit angry again this weekend with some snow shenanagins in his roar.

A fast-moving, wet snowfall is due in town Saturday night into Sunday morning across the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys. Snow will be mixed with rain at first when melting will occur on Saturday evening. Then an overnight slushy accumulation of 1" to 3" appears likely with pockets of 4" in the Central West Virginia mountains in Webster,Nicholas and Randolph Counties.

Coming late at night and on a weekend, the impact won't be as high as it was just a month ago. Still slushy roads will need to be treated with chemicals and likely plowed in spots.

The wet snow will melt somewhat by Sunday afternoon.

Then it's time for fruit growers to beware. Sunday night's lows should fall deep down in to the 20s, though Steve Richards from the Richards Apple Groves in Jackson Ohio said the crop is "just coming out of the green tip stage" which means it is hardy and mainly freeze resistant.
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