Tony Cavalier Looks at First Snow of Season

Season’s First Snow

Early Tuesday morning, the first truly arctic cold front of the season was barreling in from the north. Armed with cold blusters and snow squalls, this front was about to introduce a brand of polar air normally reserved for winter.

Coming on the heels of a 3 day spell of 60 degree air, much of the snow that was to fall seemed destined to melt on paved surfaces, Still, at the height of the snow in the 4 until 8am time slot, it appeared snow would fall faster than it melted making for a likely slushy accumulation for the first light of day especially above ground level.

Early season hunters in the woods should find a tracking snow leading out to their favorite stand.

In addition, visibilities were likely to fall into the ½ mile range before sunrise, a fancy way of saying the air would be filled with snow and travel would be slowed considerably.

This suggested several school delays would occur across the region since the snow was to fall during the key period that the buses would be running.

While the steady snow looked to end quickly after sunrise (from north 7am to south 9am), the air and ground temperature looked to reach their minimums by 9am near 30 degrees offering the possibility of ice forming on bridges and above ground level surfaces first.

For the rest of the day, those cold northwest blusters had the capability of generating snow flurries and a heavier snow shower so a fresh dusting was possible any place, any time.

Accumulations in valley towns like the River Cities (Huntington-Ashland-Ironton), and Kanawha Valley (Charleston, Dunbar, Winfield) looked to be an inch or less on grass and cars with main roads just wet. In the hills above town including Greasy, Barkers and Myrtle ridges, Radio Park Hill in Catlettsburg and Fort Hill and old Sunrise Museum in Charleston, a 1 inch snowfall seemed the most likely event with the tallest ridges pushing the 2 inch mark.

Travel after 10am should feature mainly damp roads as the sun penetrates the clouds and temperatures inch back above 32 for the late morning and afternoon hours.

Oh yeah, the mountains looked to accumulate snow all day long, so reports of 3 to 6 inches seemed in the cards for low mountain towns like Richwood, Webster Springs and Buckhannon. Ski buffs, Snowshoe and Canaan Valley can measure as much as 8 or 10 inches.

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