Grappling with Arctic Cold
It’s WSAZ Wrestling Invitational weekend so I thought I would divert my weather analogies to the “masters of the mat”, local and visiting grapplers vying for the coveted crown of WSAZ champion.
First off, as venerables coaches Bill and Robbie Archer will tell you, “it is always cold and snowy for the WSAZ event”. Given how cold it has been this year, I accept the war coaches at their word.
The lore of weather for this annual arctic “throw-down” includes several Saturday afternoons with heavy snow “pinning us into submission”. Take this century where 5 of the first 6 WSAZ Invitationals featured snowy times. The lone holdout was 2003 when Saturday morning dawned with an arctic low of 9 degrees.
OK that was then, this is now. Thursday night’s snowfall set us up for a bitter weekend. Saturday morning will dawn with temperatures near 5 at the Big Sandy arena (downtown) but as low as zero in the cold hollows of Appalachia.
Early morning wrestling fans should beware of black and glare ice in parking lots, a by-product of the refreezing of slush and melted snow from the day before. Remember it only takes one false step on ice to send you “tumbling to floor”.
Saturday’s deep blue polar sunrise will yield to some afternoon cloud cover with a few flurries possible during Saturday night’s championship rounds. No accumulation is expected.
I will be at the Big Sandy to give out trophies on Saturday night as we honor the best wrestlers in this year’s WSAZ Invitational.