Weather Takes a Breather
Finally, there’s a chance to catch our breathes! The weekend snow and ice storm is gone and the thaw is well on its way to cleaning up even the hardest hit parts of Ohio and Kentucky.
For the record, the region from Churchill Downs (where Derby Day is now just 7 weeks away) in Louisville to the Great American Park in Cincinnati (where Opening Day is 3 weeks from today) to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland was buried by a foot or more of snow this weekend, a real “throw-back” snowstorm.
Columbus is of course the Buckeye capital and Ohio’s biggest city so when a record breaking 20.4” fell at the Port Columbus airport, it shut down business and commerce. Coming on a weekend, the storm did not have nearly the impact it might have.
Likewise, if you had a package that went out UPS this weekend, chances are good it is a day or 2 late getting to its final destination since Louisville is THE EASTERN HUB for UPS and was shut down for better part of 24 hours Friday afternoon thru Saturday afternoon as 10 inches of snow fell.
Locally, a general 3 to 6 inches accumulated with the 5 and 6 inch amounts common in Interior Southern Ohio. Saturday’s snow burst was preceded by a round of freezing rain which made for an icy crust underneath the snow.
The outstanding feature of this storm locally focused on the eerie thunder and lightning that accompanied the pre-dawn Saturday heavy sleet storm. With the air vigorously rising then, heavy rain changed to sleet in the violent updraft. That rising air column acted like a huge suction cone, in effect sucking the air in a violent puff from the ground into the clouds. In summer, that rising air produces thunder and lightning, and in late winter, while not common, the same rising air motion can produce a thunderstorm too!
OK, what about the rest if the month of March? Well, there are some signs that a blocking pattern is trying to take shape from Iceland-Greenland back to the British Isles. If this takes shape and holds its place, do not be surprised to see at least one more major snow threat for our region. So goes the fickle weather of the most Jekyll and Hyde month of them all.