Another Round Of Snow Coming
After another frigid weekend in the wake of Friday night's winter storm we've got another dose on the way starting this week. Our Martin Luther King Jr Day (traditionally about the coldest period of Winter) dawned with some light snow and flurries crossing the Tri-State, with some locations picking up to a half inch of accumulation just after sunrise. This snow was courtesy of the warm front that is crossing through this morning. After starting the day around 10 to 15 degrees (if not colder) temperatures are spiking up quickly now in the wake of that front with a southwest wind kicking up. We're closing in on the freezing mark at Noon and should be around 40 later today.
With temperatures briefly recovering ahead of a cold front that will bring more precipitation our way, roads are likely to be ok for the most part late this afternoon as another round of snow and rain mix arrives in Ohio. This will start to overspread West Virginia tonight but temperatures will be slower to drop off than they were Friday night when arctic air rushed in. As a result, snow will fall but there should be some melting for a time before it begins to stick. However, overnight temperatures will become sufficiently cold and we'll wake up Tuesday morning to a light snow accumulation on the ground and more falling. That means some possible school delays if not cancellations and extending what is already a long weekend for area students.
That cold front will slow down it's eastward momentum as it crosses through here tomorrow, keeping snow falling through most of the day. There will likely be lulls followed by steadier spells of snow and even with temperatures slowly falling through the 20s there may some melting at times in at least urban areas. Nonetheless with snow falling most of the day before moving off to the southeast Tuesday night we're likely to see a general 1 to 3" accumulation when all is said and done. This is similar to what many of us south of Route 33 experienced Friday night. It is possible some isolated bands of heavier snow could result in about 4" in some locations but I think most of us come in between 1 to 3". Not a major system but enough to slow travel for tomorrow, especially early to mid-morning and again late in the afternoon when solar energy is not helping to produce any melting effect.
Arctic air will follow this system with Wednesday dawning in the single digits to around 10 degrees and only reaching a high of 20 in the afternoon. However, don't expect our snow to stick around long. A ridge of high pressure will build across the Ohio Valley by the end of the week, resulting in a big warmup. Temperatures by the weekend should be at 60 degrees and higher, especially Sunday!