Winter Cold Yes, But What About Snow?

Cold Snap not a One Shot Deal

The weekend cold wave is showing signs of easing this Monday evening, but already the signals of another bitter blast are showing up.

For the record, Huntington bottomed at +6 and Charleston at +7 this morning for the coldest temperatures of this first arctic intrusion. Ponds have frozen over, car batteries were slow to crank over and water pipes exposed to the cold were threatened with damage.

This Monday night, under clear skies, the full Wolf Moon will shine brightly. The legend of the wolf moon focuses on hungry packs of wolves roaming the Shawnee nation settlement in the dead of winter in search of food! Hey Billy Muth, I will bet the coyotes will be howling atop German Ridge tonight. Lows in the teens will be reached by 3 AM in many rural hollows with lows 20s in the climate controlled downtowns.

By dawn, clouds will be racing eastward and temperatures will begin a steady ascent. Soon those clouds will lower and thicken with a period of ground whitening snow arriving after morning rush hour. Odds favor less than an inch in most areas. Roads may be briefly slick and slushy. Update with Marina and Josh in the morning.

Since temperatures will jump above 32 in the afternoon and reach as high as 35-40 by late afternoon, light rain will mix in and help make roads just wet. So school superintendents, DON’T PANIC! KEEP THE KIDS IN SCHOOL ALL DAY!

By Tuesday night, cold air will rush back in when a fresh coat of snow will whiten the ground in spots and likely make roads slick in spots! Kids, school delays look like a good bet on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the approach of the next arctic front in time for the Capital City Classic on Wednesday night spells another bitter blast by Thursday. Look for more snow showers and harsh temperatures by then!


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