Hurry Up & Wait
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Nice quiet day. Breezes were light, the sun at times hampered by clouds, the temperatures seasonable.
Fine by me....as I gaze at the weather maps and what may be unfolding late Sunday through (possibly) Thursday.
The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. -Willy Wonka
For snow lovers, the anticipation is probably gnawing away at you. You're looking at a change in the pattern; potentially the first major storm of the season; and all of it coming during the holiday season. There's lots that COULD happen, but right now, nothing is definitive. The short range is a slam dunk, while the extended range remains befuddling.
And while timing issues may become a little clearer in the next day or two, the rain/snow line may take up until we're on the brink of the storm(s). This time of year, without a snowpack and with the recent spat of above normal temperatures, marginal temperatures can wreak havoc with a snow forecast.
Suffice it to say that the first go-round from Sunday afternoon through Monday will have LIGHT precipitation. (Which also favors more wet than white. Heavy precipitation can manufacture its own cold air.) The second storm is bigger, colder, and will be a LONG duration event. Some of the weather maps we use have it going from Tuesday through Thursday! While I think that may be a stretch, it certainly means SEVERAL inches of snow is possible.
But I'm really getting ahead of myself on this. Enjoy the p & q in the next couple of days, and we'll let the details fall into place.