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Snow Day or Not?

Second Verse, Same as First Snow-wise

Do you remember the silly song Henry the Eighth? Poor old Henry, he was a real heartthrob and couldn’t resist the charms of English women. The silly song said it best.

“I’m a rich old man, I’m Henry, Henry the eighth I am…second verse same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse”!

Well, after Tuesday morning’s sudden snowfall and ice up, an arctic front capable of a second hard hitting snow is due in town on Thursday morning. The question I am pondering, will this second wave of snow be as icy as its Tuesday cousin?

Like Tuesday, the Thursday snow looks to be a morning affair. My gut says it will snow in time for the morning rush to be icy in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky where school delays may well be the rule. In West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, roads may start dry at dawn then take on a powdery coat as the mid morning hours unfold. But as we saw on Tuesday, the timing of the snow’s arrival will be key!

In cases like this with road and air temperatures guaranteed to be super cold, it’s a sure bet that snow will stick and create slick road conditions until salt trucks can lay their brine. As for an all out ice-up, trust me, that’s something that is next to impossible to predict more then a half hour in advance. So set your alarm early and if the snow is a no-show, sit back and enjoy Rob, Melanie, Chris and Marina on Newschannel 3 Sunrise and Your Day on My Z.

To all school superintendents, I know you travel the roads from 4 to 6 to see how conditions will be. But like Tuesday, this looks like a case where we start dry then it begins to snow as the arctic front crosses. Since this front will be accompanied by strong winds, we may well be dealing with Blowing Snow as the front passes.

By afternoon, the bitter air will hold temperatures steady as the sun plays a game of hide and go seek behind lingering snow showers.


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