Plowable. A couple of snowfalls, suitable for plowing and shoveling, are shaping up. One arrives today, as much as 2-4" of new snow by Monday morning. A second surge of light snow arrives later in the day Christmas Eve, with another 2-3" by Christmas morning.
After hearing that we are about receive another 1"- 3" snowfall, I have some serious concerns. Isn't this relatively the same forecast they gave us right before the Blizzard only a few days ago?
(12/9/12 Forecast: 3" - 5" - actual snow fall 10" - 14")
Should we be planning for another large storm with signs of the slightest temperature change. It appears that we will receive a ''Wintry Mix'' Saturday evening into Sunday morning, producing only a few inches of slush. If the temperature decides to drop ever so slightly before the rain hits, we may have up to 6"+. There are many variables that can change the course, severity, and type of precipitation in an instant. My opinion is to always be prepared for the worst. And remember: If it snows over 2", make sure to clear all vehicles from your driveway, to make way for the plow!
"Paul, why can I still see my puke-colored lawn on December 6?" Proving cause and effect with something as complicated as the atmosphere is always problematic, but my gut? Drought. With a dash of climate change thrown in for good measure.
Some numbers: we should have seen 11.5 inches of snow by now. Last year 7.8 inches of fluff had already fallen. So far in 2012? A whopping 8 tenths of an inch of snow.
Snowy rumors are filling the airwaves for this weekend. Saturday still appears to be the better travel day; a streak of wet snow may drop an inch or two of slushy snow Saturday night and early Sunday; heavier snow possible just outside the metro area.
Significantly colder air arrives by mid-December; highs in the 20s. Another storm late next week may drop a light accumulation; once again the best chance north of the cities.