Bough Bending, Post Card Snow for Monday

Midnight Update

The overnight heavy wet snow will pose unique problems not experienced since the mid-December Sunday snow. That morning a dense snowfall made snow shoveling a true health risk.

First and foremost this will be a back-breaking snowfall which will cling to shovels and make lifting the snow an issue. In weather circles this is known as a "heart attack" snow. For safety reasons, my suggestion will be to have the kids in your neighborhood shovel the snow.

I also suggest kids raise their rates a few bucks since this snow will take longer and be harder to remove.

The slushy slop can also cause some leaky roofs. After the hard winter we have been through, the bitter cold will have worn at especially old roofs.

Driving on wet snow presents its own problems since slush is tossed around in huge clumps. So extra driving distance behind the car in front of you is a good idea.

Careful of refreezing Monday night as the "Great" Winter of 2014 rolls on!

Original Posting

Saturday's flirtation with spring is proving a one shot deal as a grey and gloomy Super Sunday has ensued.

While damp roads from light rain and fog will slow Super Bowl party travelers down a bit, conditions are likely to take a turn to the colder and snowier well after the big game.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been posted by the National Weather Service as a reminder to all that Monday's morning rush hour and school schedule will be impacted.

A change from rain to sleet to heavy wet snow will begin late tonight from northwest to southeast perhaps taking until sunrise to reach the far southern Coalfields.

In a winter known for bitter cold and dry powdery snows, this event will turn the tables with a wet, sticky "BOUGH BENDING" accumulation expected.

The odds of the heaviest snow of the winter so far are something to consider if your travel plans have you on the road at dawn.

In fact, the snow pattern on paper somewhat resembles the October 2012 snowstorm left behind Hurricane Sandy where the hills received considerably more snow than the river valley towns.

Recall how the 2012 storm dumped as much as ten inches in the hills around Charleston including the Old Sunrise Museum and a half a foot up near the Huntington Museum of Art while the cities of Huntington and Charleston measured considerably less.

The comparison to the Sandy storm does not apply to the mountains in that the several feet that fell in 2012 will not be replicated.

Power outages are likely as the weight of the wet snow takes its toll on tree limbs and power lines.

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