Stormy Weather Pattern

Fresh off his viewing of the new Disney flick, Tangled, Tony is blogging up a big wet storm.

A “Tangled” Wintery Outlook

One look at the barometric maps (and geopotential height charts for weather buffs) and it is safe to say we are in for a wild and wooly two weeks of stormy weather ahead. In fact, I am using the word “tangled” to describe this pattern after having watched Disney’s new 3D flick with my God-daughter on Sunday.

Think of a “tangled” weather pattern as one that is ripe for big storms and violent weather swings. One minute we will be enjoying spring, but the next we will think it is the dead of winter. Rapunzel herself may want to stay in her tower another 18 days after seeing the forecast for December.

First things first, tonight’s Christmas parades in Ironton and Greenup will feature mild breezes and temperatures in the comfy 50s. The Ironton parade kicks off at 6 with Greenup stepping off at 6:30.

Greenup mayor Donna Hewlett reminds me that after the parade, the city’s tree will be lit at 7 at the courthouse followed by carriage rides past City Park.

By dawn Tuesday, a warm and soggy rain storm will arrive and rain heavily upon us off and on through Tuesday night. Temperatures in the 50s and low 60s will keep rain going not only here in the river valleys, but also in the high country where even Snowshoe, Winterplace and Canaan will fight the wet weather blues.

With a general one to three inches of water to fall, it’s a good bet we will back-up many storm sewers in this time. A weatherman’s dream for sure, but a pedestrian’s nightmare as huge pools of water will make walking around the culverts rather difficult. Evening rush hour could be a real mess with pouring rain resulting in reduced visibility and flooded streets.

Throw in a day of strong winds (10-20 miles per hour with gusts to 30) and many umbrellas will be put to the test. Dare I say some ‘brellas will be blown inside out.

By early Wednesday morning, a cold front will be slashing through with falling temperatures and polar blusters. The faster the cold air knifes in, the better chance rain changes to snow and we get our first coating.

Since snow showers and arctic winds will then swirl all day on Wednesday, snows will fluff up several inches in the WV mountains. There a wind blown foot of snow can accumulate by Thursday at the ski lodges while as much as 6 inches lay on low mountain towns like Webster Springs, Richwood and Buckhannon.

By the way, the forecast into next week looks cold and snowy on occasion, so moms and dads may be a good time to get the snow gear out of the attic for the kids use.

As for the flick, "Tangled" ranked below Toy Story 3D but was certainly an entertaining movie both for M and me. The special 3 D effects were worth the price of admission. The wicked mother fit the bill of a scary antagonist, but I disliked her querky humor.

When Flynn cut Rapunzel's hair at the end, I held my breath thinking the end for all the good guys. I will spare you the surprise ending. Let's just say, "in the nick of time".

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