Clipper Snow to Foul Up Hump Day
In case you slept thru the day, the passage of an arctic front was introduced by a dry, powdery dusting of snow this morning. That was by my count the 13th time the ground has been coated at my house this winter.
Since then, polar blusters have swirled thru the region with afternoon gusts as high as 25 rosy cheek miles per hour. All the while, cold air has flowed in from the northlands as afternoon highs struggled to inch above 32.
The air that has arrived also has a dry quality about it, so static electricity galore is floating about non-humidified houses this February evening. High school hoops fans, don’t worry about the next snow that is due in town by the morning school bell, just go out and root your team onto victory as sectional and regional play is upon us.
As for that next snow, a patch of light snow has blossomed late this Tuesday afternoon in Iowa and Missouri. Riding the wings of a fast jet stream, that area will expand in coverage and arrive in time for a slippery morning rush hour.
A general 1 to 3 inches of wet snow is likely on Wednesday with more ones and twos than threes expected. Coming in time for the morning rush hour and with temperatures deep down in the 20s, slippery roads are a real good bet so set your alarm clock early as kids await the decision on whether it is a 2 hour delay or a snow day.
By the way, these systems are called "clippers" becuase they fly or clip along at break neck speeds. Take tonight when light snow in St Louis would beat you to Louisville if you drove I-64 at the speed limit. I look for snow to develop in Louisville-Cincinnati by midnight then race into our region in the predawn hours. That's fast!
One final word, for my loyal readers I want you to know that my trusty European weather model is suggesting we are in for not just a snowfall but an all out snowstorm next week. The event is still a week away so must be taken with a grain of salt, but if you are a regular of mine, you know I have been hawking how this pattern would in time produce a 6 to 10 inch snowstorm. Next week will be a candidate for this type of storm. What's your vote?