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And Then It Changes...

By: Buckey2745 , 8:04 PM GMT on February 17, 2014

Last Friday we received 2.25" of snow, which was a decent little snow, but friends to the south got a lot more. Maybe even their biggest snow of the season? For some reason the NWS issues a Winter Weather Advisory late Friday night, by the time the snow stopped. It didn't make much sense to me, but neither does the fact that Port Columbus has over 50" of snow while I've only measured a little over 36" but... anyway.

We weren't done with the snow as another weak disturbance brought about a quarter inch to us yesterday. And now today:

A much more potent system is moving through the area, but the center will pass to our north. That means warm air and not snow, at least for us here in Columbus and points south. An Advisory is out for counties to our north, and Columbus will just be on the lookout for some slick conditions in the overnight.

I've been watching the HRRR all morning and run to run it's been pretty consistent on a period of freezing rain or sleet for the I-70 corridor for a little while after dark. This sim radar from 7pm shows a decent area of frozen precip:

I think for Columbus we don't see any snow. I know that's not what everyone else is saying, but I think we stay all sleet and rain. Our temps are skyrocketing right now and I think that'll be good enough to keep us out of snow. We had a low of and at 3pm we are all the way up to 31.6°.

I think the rush of warm air out ahead of this storm will be enough, even after dark, to keep us in a safe zone. Now that doesn't mean sleet won't cause some problems, but I don't think this will be a serious event for Columbus.

After tonight's event we look toward Thursday, as temps warm up and we may be in for our first severe weather of the season!

Things change quickly in weather, don't they?

Season Stats:
Winter Weather Advisories- 10
Winter Storm Warnings- 2
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 3
Wind Chill Advisories- 4
Wind Chill Warnings- 2
Blowing Snow Advisory- 0

Snowfall Totals:
November: 3" (Predicted: 3")
December: 8.05" (Predicted: 7")
January: 15.1" (Predicted: 7")
February: 10.25" (Predicted: 4.25")
Season: 36.4"

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