When Groundhogs and the Super Bowl Collide
There are big doings planned this weekend in our part of the world. No I am not just talking about the big game in New Jersey (40 degrees at kickoff and dry), but also there is the matter of little varmints predicting the winter for the next 6 weeks!
It’s one of those rare weekends when The Super Bowl will have to share headlines with Groundhog Day.
If February’s debut means anything, then the second month of the year surely has more pleasant intentions, right? After all a touch of spring time is in the cards for Saturday when sunshine teams with an active southerly breeze to propel temperatures into the 50s!
The milder weather will wear away at snowmen and igloos while ice clogged streams break up in the sudden thaw.
Sunday is Groundhog Day and the eyes of the our region will turn to the slumbering groundhog lodge of French Creek WV. There French Creek Freddy will emerge from his winter-long slumber to make a forecast for the rest of winter.
Given the grey overcast, light rain and wisps of fog that will cling to the hilltops, chances are strong Freddy will not see his shadow. Folklore tells us that an early spring will grace our world.
While conditions should dry for awhile on Sunday afternoon-early evening, a slug of southern moisture will return at night and meet head-first the colder air bleeding in from Ohio and Pennsylvania. The result may well be a bough bending, wet snowfall come Monday dawn.
The odds of wet snow accumulations are highest from Charleston south into the WV and Kentucky Coalfields.
So enjoy Saturday, have a good time at your Super Bowl party on Sunday and then set for a snowy start to the new work and school week.