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By: Buckey2745 , 5:08 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
It's not a full on snow storm, but it'll be more than we've had so far. An Appalacian low that brought us more than a quarter inch of rain yesterday is moving up the Eastern seaboard and now an arctic cold front is sweeping across the nation, bringing with it cold temps and... snow. That's right.
The low is currently centered over the Toledo area and the cold front extends directly southward. As the front passes through, temps will drop. But that's not all. Winds will gust behind the front, up to 35mph tonight.
Temps will tumble quickly, but they have a long way to go. Right now at 11:30am we are sitting at 50° in the warm sector.
By tonight temps will reach below freezing right at sundown, and snow will begin to wrap around and back in from the southwest:
Snow coverage this evening shortly after dark.
Just as I was typing this, Pickaway County and other counties south of I-71 were put under our first Winter Weather Advisory of the season. I think the Advisory may be just precautionary as we're borderline for meeting criteria:
KILN Advisories as of 11:30am Thursday
So with light to moderate snow expected overnight, and 35mph gusts blowing the white stuff everywhere, measuring snow will be almost impossible.
However, here's the predictions map:
Snowfall for January 12-13
I'm actually going on the high end for my prediction in Circleville. I'm thinking we'll get a solid 2" from this system, however good luck measuring.
It'll be a cold and blustery next few days, with whatever snow we see not expected to melt until Monday when we finally get back above freezing.
Leave comments with your predictions and eventual totals!
UPDATE: Thursday, 7:24pm
Around 5pm this evening the front passed through, bringing very gusty winds and a temperature drop like I haven't see in quite a while. In a 5 minute period the temp dropped from 51° to 40°. Temps are still dropping, down to 35° right now.
Also the entire area is now under a Winter Weather Advisory. Snow totals don't really appear to meet Advisory criteria, but I believe because of the blowing snow the NWS decided to blanket the area just to be safe.
Snow should pick back up again here soon and through the overnight hours.
UPDATE: Thursday, 9:13pm
Snow has picked up, but so has the wind. Not much more than a dusting right now, but we'll be sure to have a decent accumulation by daybreak.
Temp has dropped to 27° and shows no sign on stopping.
To show the magnitude of this system, look at the map below of the nation's watches and warnings:
Winter Weather Advisories- 1
Winter Storm Warnings- 0
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 0
Wind Chill Advisories- 0
Wind Chill Warnings- 0
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0
November: 0" (Predicted: 0")
December: 0" (Predicted: 0")
January: 1": (Predicted: 0")
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