Southern Storm to Give Glancing Blow
A week ago I speculated that we had a shot at a big snowstorm late this week. At that point, it was clear that a Gulf storm would be slurping up plenty of moisture. It was equally evident that cold arctic air was going to be in the way of the storm IF it came right toward us.
Well, here we are a week later and things have not quite come together perfectly. The southern storm is a bit too far south (heading from New Orleans to Cape Hatteras) to bring heavy snow our way. In addition, the cold air that has gripped the region the past few days (lows this morning were in the thumb numbing teens) is retreating not advancing (highs on Thursday and even Friday will be close to 40).
That’s not to say we are not expecting bitter cold and snow heading into WSAZ Wrestling Invitational, but a massive snowstorm is not in the cards, at least this go round.
As the storm heads over to the coast on Thursday, a mixed bag of wet snow and sleet can coat the grass and car tops on Thursday dawn, before a misty light rain takes over and makes things gloomy and damp during the heart of the day.
Watch for icy windshields in the mountains where the air temperature will remain below freezing longer. A few inches of snow and ice accretion are likely in the Greenbrier Valley and at the ski lodges.
By Saturday, a true arctic front will pass during the WSAZ touch football league’s season opener (I will give a detailed football forecast on Thursday for this game and the two NFL title games) accompanied by a 1 to 3 inch snow burst, strong winds gusting to 30 mph, and bitter cold air (lows by Sunday will be 0 to 5 above except 5 below at the ski lodges).
Finally, look for this cold and snowy pattern to persist thru all of next week!