It is so cold outside.....you can go frozen turkey bowling. Now I have never tried this but it looks like it has some possibilities. We all might as well make the most of this cold pattern. Just be careful and if you do try it let me know how it goes and of course send some pictures in. Wasn't it just a couple weeks ago we got out the pumpkin shorts.
Origin: COLD TURKEY 1915–20, Americanism; prob. from the phrase to talk cold turkey to speak bluntly about something unpleasant, var. of to talk turkey;
The weather words of the day: TALKING COLD TURKEY!
We have another arctic front that moved through the area last night and this one believe it or not is bringing down even colder air than we have seen since this cold pattern broke out last week. The arctic floodgates continue to be wide open due to a blocking high pressure over Greenland. In response to this the jet stream is being detoured right into our backyards. The snowpack continues to build up to our north without any trouble along like we discussed here on the blog yesterday and this in turn has sent us right into not just December but January levels when it comes to temperatures. Highs will struggle just to reach freezing on Friday with wind chills as low as the single digits. This will fire up the lake train of snow once again and we may have a few slick spots on area roads as this very cold air fluffs up some of those snowflakes. They should have no trouble adding up in this pattern. Here is the latest expected snowfall map.
Be extremely careful once again if you are heading into extreme northern Indiana. There could be some areas pounded with 6 to 10 inches of snow. I think the areas to watch in our viewing area will be northern Miami, Pulaski, and Fulton Counties with the potential for one to three inches. Most of the accumulations will be tonight and very early Friday. We will also watch for a few slick spots outlined in white above along with more black ice possible in the entire viewing area. A little snow can cause big problems this time of year with no road salt on area roadways. So even if you are not expecting a dusting of snow we all found out earlier this week that the roads can be slick with that transparent ice easily forming in these low temperatures.
I do have some good news for those that are not crazy like me and most of the bloggers on here that love this cold stuff. It could be a lot worse. Do you realize that Labrador and Eastern Quebec could be hit with not one but two blizzards between now and Sunday. They will have a cool 24 to 36 inches of snow on the way before all is said and done. So believe it or not we are not having the world's worst weather. Mount Washington, New Hampshire which is known to have the world's worst weather and is my old college hangout will have a high of 7 degrees today with wind chills near 40 below zero. Wind gusts will top 60 mph. It could be worse, a whole lot worse, or in my case a whole lot better. If that is not enough you have to realize that we have it easy here at home. Barrow, Alaska saw the sun set on Tuesday evening and they will not see it again until January 23rd. Yes November is our cloudiest month but it could be a whole lot darker! Do you feel better yet? GOOD! :)
Now I need to cheer up the snow hounds like Justin, Mary Anne, Kandy, and Teri. Yes, I am a meteorologist that likes to please everybody. Yes it is true we are missing not one but two blizzards in the next few days. Our chance of a blizzard this winter is about 10% and we should have at least two big snowstorms. You can see the breakdown of our winter storms here at home. We are more in a clipper pattern this year compared to last year's Texas Low and Colorado Low pattern that pounded us with storm after storm. It could be one of those winter's we receive most of our snow in just a couple big storms. My golden snow shovel is ready! By the way the average number of big snows a winter is two so we are right on target for plenty of excitement!
Blog Question of the Day: We will thaw out with our turkeys in time for Thanksgiving?
I have the latest models showing a southwest wind by turkey day which should help us out. More details on the way. Have a great day. I will check back soon!