Throwback to Last Winter Pattern

Cold blusters and snows are locking in for the rest of December, heightening our chance of a White Christmas. Tony has his flakey hat on with his latest blog.

Arctic Snow Locks In

It was a hallmark of the winter of 2009-10. Arctic snows accompanied by howling winds that blew and drifted snow around and kept road crews busy from December thru February.

By arctic, I am referring to a dry powder that is as soft and fluffy as a child’s cheek (both kinds); a snowfall that can be broomed off your car and easily shoveled without stressing your heart.

And guess what? This Sunday night, another arctic snow is blowing into town.

A general 2 to 4 inches should stack up by dawn with strong winds pushing the snow around as easily as the Patriots pushed around the Bears on Sunday at Soldiers Field in Chicago. Since the Windy City’s snow pattern is to swirl thru our region overnight, morning rush hour here will resemble that of the famous Loop in Chi-town on a wintry day.

Untreated roads will be slick and snow covered, though plows and salt trucks will make major headway on main roads like I-64, the Country Highway (State Route 23 thru Eastern Kentucky) and Route 35 from Chillicothe to Point Pleasant-Winfield.

The snow pattern will turn more sporadic by noon on Monday, though squalls will hit and run on occasion right into Tuesday. That leads to an upping the ante on snowfall by an inch or 2 during the day and another inch or so at night, the latter more likely east toward Charleston and the Coafields.

Hence the total storm accumulation by Tuesday afternoon should be pushing 6 and even 8 inches on the high ground from Cheylan to Whitesville with most areas along I-64 measuring a general 3 to 5 inches.

The dry snow will be ideal for sledding as the lack of water will make the surface super fast for belly floppers. Conversely, snowman and snowball making will be somewhat hindered. In cases like this, I like to have a bucket of water close at hand to make a snowman with my God daughter.

Now back to last winter! Said Gary Taylor, Director of Snow Removal in Charleston, “we have more than 300 miles of roads to salt and plow in the city and last winter, we worked double shifts and 41 days of overtime to get them cleared”.
While I can’t speak with certainly on January and February, I see several more snowfalls in December right thru New Years Day so our chances of a White Christmas are off the charts high, as in 70% this year.
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