Friday, January 31, 2014

Mainly Rain Saturday

Snow showers arrive Friday night, bringing heaviest accumulations to our far NW counties (Hillsdale, Williams, Lenawee, northern Fulton Co, etc.) 2-3'' is possible with the majority falling by daybreak Saturday.

Temperatures will slowly surge above freezing, combating cool surface temps, and allowing the falling snow to change over to ice, freezing rain, and finally rain. 

The slow transition will take place early in the day, bringing some ice accumulation down in some areas-- mainly along the Turnpike. 

Once all temps are above freezing, and the ground warms enough, we'll be looking at all rain, and a moderate thaw for the remainder of the day Saturday. 

Moving forward, Tuesday/Wednesday has our focus.

Giving an accumulation forecast would be irresponsible this early on, but I can say with some confidence that the current projected path of the incoming low pressure system and the forecast temperature profile are all promising factors that could lead to a significant snow event. 

Also, happy to report that the Farmer's Almanac was wrong about this weekend's "Storm Bowl". 

The 197-year old publication predicted a winter storm for the NE around the time of the Super Bowl, which is being played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

The blast of wintry precip. we receive on Saturday will slide off the coast in an unceremonious fashion, keeping the game on as scheduled and safe :) Of course, I'll give credit where credit is due... the publication does also cite a snowy and cold season for the Great Lakes region-- so far, so good!