Snow So Far: Crippling for Some, But Not Here

Snow So Far: Crippling for Some, But Not Here

While snow has been very scarce across the eastern half of the US so far this winter, other parts of the nation have been crippled.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012: Crippling Snow For Some, Just Not in KY...

Good Tuesday morning, everybody.

While the sun shines and temperatures recover from the upper 20s, rising through the 30s, 40s and eventually into the 50s today, there is no snow to be found this January 10th, at least in Kentucky.  We are still (officially) waiting on our first measurable snow for the winter (although many of you had a fraction of an inch in your backyards last Monday). 

While we are off to a slow start, some other parts of the nation are shattering records, crippled by snow. 

Courtesy: Associated Press

Alaska has outdone itself.  A state known for harsh winters is breaking records when it comes to extreme snowfall.  In Cordova, a small Alaskan town, 18 feet of snow leaves the town in an inoperable state, according to ABC News.  The Network reports that 50 Alaska National Guard members are helping citizens cope with the debilitating snowfall.

Meanwhile, while the recovery may take less time, the numbers are still impressive in Midland, Texas.  Winter is still fairly young, but 19.3" of snow have already fallen in Midland, absolutely shattering the old record for snowiest winter (13.9", from 1946-1947).  So far, this December and January, perception comes down to where you happen to be located! 

Back home, our Wednesday storm system will be a wet one.  In fact, many - if not most of us, could easily climb above 1" with our rain totals.  The late-morning WRF is in, and 1" to 2" of rain between Tuesday (late) evening and Wednesday evening is likely, across central and eastern Kentucky.  The WRF plots a bullsye of around 2.15" of rain - a local maximum - in northeastern Kentucky.

Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

Behind this storm system, sharply colder air will arrive, as we have discussed in previous posts.  The transition will occur on Thursday, with scattered, light rain showers in the morning giving way to some pesky, gusty snow showers late in the day.  Thursday afternoon and evening COULD be a repeat of what happened back on Monday of last week (Jan 2nd), when a fraction of an inch of snow caused big problems on some roadways because temperatures were tumbling.  It appears that the snowiest time will be Thursday evening into Thursday night, with flurries lingering on Friday.

Here is this morning's AVN / GFS forecast for snowfall.


Enjoy the mild, dry weather while we have it.  Things will be very different in the days ahead!


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