Saturday, November 29, 2008
A Winter Wonderland is on the Way!
Let it snow....let it snow....let it snow! ANTICIPATION! Teri Trent sent in this song which is a nice change up to the more traditional blog snow songs we all sing together!
Even though I am excited for all the snow lovers out there I do have concerns about this snow. It is the first one of the year and it is also a busy travel day. That is not a good combination. So make sure you really slow it down on Sunday and if you have family or friends traveling make sure they know that the best traveling will likely be before late tonight and early Sunday. I would not wait until Sunday to travel and if they do expect delays and take a winter survival kit just in case. I do not see a lot of wind with this system and with temperatures hovering just above freezing that should help the roads a bit. But with heavier bands of snow possible there will certainly be some icy spots on our area roadways.
The one thing that jumped out at me tonight was not the model runs. As you all know, I am not a model-hugger. What impressed me was the dynamics of this developing system which will be fed by a jet stream roaring in at over 200 mph. This tends to help back the storm track much farther west and north than anticipated and this is why I have shifted the heavier bands of snow farther west on the new map above. There could be a possible mix of rain and snow in our southeast counties and that is why accumulations toward Crawfordsville, Frankfort, and Kokomo are a little lower. If those areas stay all snow we can increase the amounts. There could be a thin line of 4 inch plus snows but for now we will stick with 2 to 4 inches and we can add on later. The main thing now is that we are ready! Here are a couple more maps below to help you with timing. We may get our first burst of snow in the morning, then a little break with a second round of snow Sunday evening with our second low pressure and this will last into early Monday. The second round may have more wind and lower temperatures to work with so even on Monday morning there could be some tough travel.
Brian Wolfe will be in today and our entire weather team will be working on this storm throughout the weekend. I am getting the Golden Shovel ready! I will check back with you as we get a little closer. God bless!