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Leaping into TGIF

Leap Day Forecast Tricky

I.) Epilogue to “Right to Predict Snow”

E-Mails continue to pour in at a record pace as my mailbox is steaming hot. Here’s one of the more “whimsical” notes and my response.

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Tony,
You are correct about “The Right” so why don’t you request “Sun”. That’s a better right.-Bob

Bob:
Funny!

my platform is snow for the skiers, rain for farmers and sun for your vacation!

promise them anything!

thanks for the laugh,

Tony

OK we have beat this week’s snowfall around. Your points and hopefully mine were well taken and received in the spirit they were intended.

One final word. When I began blogging 10 years ago, I did so on a whim. The articles (back then blog was not in the dictionary) were weekly and my readership was tiny. What has evolved is a daily narrative that is designed to be topical and to give you insights I DO NOT OFFER MY WSAZ TV VIEWERS. Last February was bitter cold and snowy and you gave my blog 30,000 hits, a record that has not been matched since! This month has been also been active so I am hoping we eclipsed that mark. I will share the stats with you when received.

As has been my mantra during my 25 year career in TV, I aim to promote the weather as I see it and the People, Places and Events that make our region special. My love for writing has surprised even me. Your response has been flattering. Together we make a good team!

II.) Leap Day Snow & Rain

No rest for the winter weary as still another quick shot of snow is due in town for the morning rush hour. In this case, after a cold night in the 20s an area of light snow or flurries will break out before dawn and affect much of the area for a 2 or 3 hour period centered around dawn. So the morning rush hour may turn slick and once again the school schedule could be affected especially points west.

I am targeting far Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio for up to a half inch to inch of snow. Wellstonians in particular take notice since your salt supply has been exhausted. My suggestion in Wellston would be to set the alarm early and wake up with Marina. If the snow has indeed developed as expected, you can put your travel plans off for a few hours. That will give the sun a chance to invisibly warm the road sufficiently to make travel just wet by 10 AM.

In the River Cities, odds favor a quick dusting then a change to light misty rain by 10AM. Watch for a few slick spots before the change. East into Charleston and south into the Coalfields, wet snow would be lighter with perhaps a few bridges getting slick.

Leap Day will turn our damp and dreary with a chilly rain and temperatures near 40 in the afternoon. By Friday night, colder air will be returning so it is possible we get a change to wet snow late with a dusting on the high ground by dawn Saturday as March comes in like a chilly lamb.


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