I took a few preliminary snow measurements this morning on my deck and it appears we can add another 4.5 inches to our totals for the season which brings us to 34.5 inches. Temp is a balmy 7.7° at 6:30 am.
There is still some light snow around the area which should be moving out this morning then the coldest air of the season thus far will move into place. Temps tonight could dip into negative territory a cold we haven’t seen in a couple of years or so (Slim can verify this I am sure). All of our advisories and warnings will expire at noon.
Our furnace is good to go once again – had to install a new ignitor. Luckily we have alternative sources to keep us warm. We have an Amish fireplace which we used yesterday. I also have a kerosene and propane heater which we didn’t have to use (they put out odors).
- Snow Comes to an End Today, Then Very Cold Wednesday Morning - The surface low that is currently tracking through eastern OH and western PA will shift further northeast causing snow to slowly come to an end through mid-morning. Meanwhile northerly winds will persist supporting an offshore lake effect snow band that will mainly impact northern IN/IL, however Big and Little Sable points could see a few snow showers as this band pivots. By tonight into Wednesday morning, radiational cooling will be supported with clearing skies, additional fresh snowpack, and light winds helping temps plummet. Low temperatures Wednesday morning could very well drop below zero across the state, with the warmest temperatures expected along western counties along the lakeshore. - Possible System Thursday Night into Friday - Wintry weather will continue through the rest of the week with another shot at accumulating snow Thursday night into Friday. The main setup for this system appears to be a southern plains shortwave that lifts north into the Ohio Valley while another northern stream attempts to phase with it. More recent model output has pushed the track of this system further east, suggesting the bulk of the precipitation should stay to our southeast, but it`s still a bit early to rule out precip chances for our area. Otherwise, we can expect to be pretty socked in the cold air still with highs in the teens to 20s and lows in the single digits to teens to finish off the week. - Late Weekend System With Some Warmth - Sunday will bring another possible system, and with it the possibility for warmer temperatures. In this event a system will track further north, setting the stage for mixed precipitation with a surge of warmer air. Temperatures will steadily rise through next week, with highs breaking 30 on Sunday, then low to mid 30s Monday, and possibly mid to upper 30s for Tuesday. While the warmer temperatures will feel like a much needed reprieve from the frigid conditions we have been enduring, we will want to remain vigilant to any possible hydro issues as our snowpack quickly melts and enters nearby river systems.