Arctic Cold Wave for Holiday Weekend

Winter’s Takes Hold

No surprise on Tuesday morning a light covering of snow combined with cold ground temperatures to force scores of schools to delay or even close. The dry and fluffy nature of the snow proved next to impossible for the kids to make a snowball out of, but allowed for glare ice to form on untreated roads.

Officially, I brushed a quarter inch of powder off my sidewalk in Barboursville while Terri McVeigh of Oak Hill Ohio doubled that amount when she measured one half inch. Meanwhile, my bud Christy from 101.5 the River in Gallipolis swept a full inch of sawdust off her car!

The buzz in Ashland you ask? Not so much the coating of snow but word that our new weathercam is up on line. Check it out!

In the mountains, snow fell most of the day and Richwood tallied a half a foot of powder while Snowshoe at a peak summit of 4848 feet has 9 fresh inches on the ground. With Cupp Runn and Shave’s Revenge now open for business and with cold weather and more snow in the forecast thru next week, we are setting up for the best ski conditions of the season this weekend.

In fact at 9 PM this Tuesday, Snowshoe has joined the 7-11club. Wind Chill -7 and air temperature +11! The snow guns are humming at your favorite resort and as long as you can handle the bitter cold, I believe this will be one of the top 3 weekends for skiing this winter. Given it’s a long holiday weekend ahead, I am dusting off my pet saying “Ski-lightful” for the first time this winter. Daytime highs will be near 5 in the high country with wind chills to -20, so skiers, bundle up!

Your Martin Luther King weekend should start out with a 1”-3” snowfall Friday night-Saturday morning in the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Valleys with low mountain towns like Summersville, Oak Hill and Buckhannon apt to exceed 6 inches again! The snow will be followed by a period of harsh arctic blusters for WSAZ Wrestling Invite fans.

Weekend highs here at home will hover near 20 and overnight lows will be as low as 0 to 5 above though below zero in the mountains.

Meanwhile, there will be an active western storm track next week. This may spell a bigger snowstorm in the east, but as my readers are always quick to point out, “you said that last weekend, Tony”.

That’s true about this weekend for sure, but as always I use the caveat, that forecasting the weather a week in advance is always a dicey task. After all, when a star QB like Tom Brady or Brett Farve goes down, the outcome of the game will be most assuredly altered. Likewise, when a storm forms 100 miles away from where and 12 hours later than I thought, it will have a profoundly different outcome as far as accumulations are concerned.

So don’t use my blog as a ground truth reality so much as a blueprint for what may happen. We will all sleep better that way and have a good time speculating when the big one will hit!

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