A “Good” Winter Rain
Here’s an oddity. I am lauding tonight’s rain as a “good” one. To fellow snow lovers that sounds like heresy, but hear me out!
I drive a red sedan but these days it is more two tone; namely, dull burgundy and streaky white. The latter comes thanks to an endless supply of rock salt from our roads.
Now this Monday afternoon, temperatures have jumped into the 40s with the last vestiges of our early 2011 snow pack all but gone. Still, the melting has come without any rain. That means the accumulation of pulverized rock salt has left our roads and highways filled with a white powder.
In a way, the white powder is what makes this winter so eye-opening. You see the overall lack of rain in between snowfalls is atypical. Usually, even in a hard winter, snows melt down and are washed away by warmer rains only to be followed by new snows. “Chalky” white roads are cleansed of rock salt by the warmer showers.
But this winter the snows have come only to be followed by more snow. Snow on snow is a rare recipe for winter weather in Appalachia.
Early this week, a surge of moisture from the south will produce a general light rain pattern that will wash our cars clean of the salt and cleanse the roads of the white powder. Since temperatures are destined to stay well above freezing, no icing is expected. In addition, the rains will be too light to produce any flooding. That adds up to a “good” rain in my book.
Skiers, the rain will be too light to put a dent into the massive bases at your favorite resort and in fact, there may well be a few inches of wet snow Tuesday night into Wednesday above the 3000 foot level.
As for new snows locally, a dusting is likely as cold air bleeds into the region on Wednesday with a new southern storm set to arrive late Thursday and Friday. This storm promises fresh accumulations in time for the WSAZ Wrestling invitational. A blast of arctic air is sure to follow, one that could deliver the coldest weather of the season, SO FAR.
Today's guest digital e-reporter is Carlie Cundiff from Mason County. Carlie sent along the powdery snow covered picture from Point Pleasant last week.