Winter’s Last Hurrah
Just a few days into the spring season and one thing for sure; namely, despite some brief warming spells, the true break out to the warm weather season has not taken hold. YET!
But winter weary Tri-State and Kanawha Valley residents should take heart because after one last arctic invasion, it appears a breakout to spring is finally in sight.
First up though a wild and wooly Tuesday of harshly cold winds and snow squalls is in the cards.
The snowy Tuesday scenario starts with snow showers arriving after midnight and leaving behind a covering of snow in time for the morning drive to work and school bell.
Watch for slick bridges and steps as a fluffy half inch or inch of snow coats the crocus and emerging spring flowers.
Once the sun comes up for few hours that first surge of snow will melt away leaving behind damp spots on roads. By mid-day Tuesday, temperatures will be in the mid 30s and above freezing.
By later in the afternoon, an arctic front, likely the last of the season, will be pressing through from west to east in the 2 until 6pm time period.
This one will generate a period of briefly wind driven snow squalls. This burst of snow will lower vision for motorists unlucky enough to be caught in the near whiteout conditions.
This second snow will recoat the ground and make roads and bridges slick for a second time.
As the coldest air takes hold late Tuesday night-Wednesday morning, the temperature is likely to take the last polar plunge of the season with lows in the teens and wind chills below 10 for the school bell on Wednesday morning.
By the way snow birds who have been vacationing down south, the time to head back home to your Appalachian roots will come starting next week when the first prolonged warm spell since before Halloween takes hold!
To recap, two periods of snow on Tuesday, a fluttering morning snow that will quickly melt away followed by an impressive late day snow burst with wind and even a rumble of thunder, kind of a last hurrah for Old Man Winter!