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Late Winter Snowfall

The “Hawk” Brings Snow to Town

Under a grey and threatening sky, rain changed to snow right on schedule late this Tuesday afternoon and evening. Fortunately, it is a wet melting snow for high school hoops fans who are attending sectional playoff games. That trend should last until after 10 PM.

Aided by an increasing and blustery hawk (a hawk is a cold wind from the NW as defined by longshoreman on the Delaware River in Philadelphia where my brother worked many years), cold arctic air is arriving this Tuesday night assuring us of a sub-freezing and sometimes snowy hump day ahead.

Since I do not expect temperatures to reach the critical 20s until after midnight, evening accumulations will be on grass and car tops not roads. After the witching hour though, that will change as snow sticks and makes roads slick before dawn.

OK, as for accumulations, last night’s thoughts are on track. I mentioned then that more 2 inch amounts west toward Portsmouth and Vanceburg and more 4 inch amounts east toward say Whitesville and Chelyan would be common. That would leave most in the 2 or 3 inch category. That still looks real good though with squalls setting up on Wednesday, my gut says we will see a wider range with some unlucky regions in Southern Ohio getting an inch at the expense of intense snow bands in the Coalfields where snow may measure a half a foot by sunrise Thursday. Call it a battle of the haves versus the have nots.

As for WSAZ Sunrise with Rob, Melanie and Marina, I expect a ton of school delays and closings so check with them beginning at 5 AM for the latest.
Marina will have her hands filled tracking where the heaviest snow bands set up. Meanwhile, “polar” meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick has the frigid assignment of handling outdoor duties in the snow in Huntington, while the dynamic Chris Olsen works Virginia Street in Charleston.

At 7 AM, we invite you to switch to Your Day on My Z as Chris joins Melanie, Marina and Josh for your first look at daylight in the snow!

To recap, as of 9 PM on this wet snowy evening, I expect temperatures to be deep down in the 20s for the morning rush hour, so travel figures to be slick on untreated secondary roads while main roads will trend slushy depending on where you live.
Thinking Snow thanks to the NW Hawk,

I am Klondike Tony C.


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