I'm a 30 year old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Certified SKYWARN storm spotter.
By: Buckey2745 , 6:01 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
I'm Eric Josephson, a 23 year-old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Like a lot of people on Wunderground I don't have any professional training. Everything I've learned came from my dad who was a Meteorologist in the Navy. He gave me a great foundation for my passion for weather. I also find myself reading anything and everything I can on the science of weather. The more you read the more you know.
Say what you want about my knowledge, but you can't deny my love for the science. Now on to what I'm writing about today:
Lately Central Ohio has missed a lot of the bigger low pressure systems that have come out of Texas and the Tennessee valley. Usually they've been heading too far northwest of us to get any real snowfall. In fact the most snow we've had all winter was a light 4 inch accumulation back in December. Since then, maybe a few dustings.
The last handful of systems like the one that's heading this way have started with a little snow. Then rain. Then more rain. Then flurries as it scurries east. This one might be different. The last storm like this we had come through here, all the local weathermen got excited and said we might have a few inches of snowfall. I told my wife that it would be just like all the other low's that pushed this way. And it was.
This one appears to be coming in much further south than the other ones, and with more moisture. I think it helps that we just had a cold artic front come through last night that plummeted temps. Once this low gets here, we should have cool enough temps to start out with a few hours of light snow.
But then it gets interesting.
The latest NAM shows an area of heavier precip coming through south of Columbus around 10am Tuesday. Looks like the area below in red could get freezing rain an ice accumulation up to a quarter inch:
The front edge of this storm is still 28-32 hours out, so things could change. But maybe this is the first big winter storm of the 2008 season...
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