State Climatologist Al Dutcher is almost certain a winter storm is going to hit our area in the middle of next week. He says the big question for him is whether the moisture in the storm will fall in the form of rain, snow — or ice:
“Right now the thickness levels indicate a rain event, but because of the heavy snow pack we have on the ground and likely not to get rid of a lot of it before it moves in, we need to be worried about an ice accumulation, simply because it’s going to be very warm and that’s going to move over top of us and of course if the temperatures are cold enough because of the snow pack then of course we would see freezing on contact.”
Dutcher says he is expecting more than an inch of moisture in the storm, and if it all falls in the form of snow, that will be another eight to 15 inches. He says there is no reason to believe this storm will track any differently than the last three snow storms have. And he says it could come in as three pulses causing problems for a full week.
(Thanks to Jim Curry, WJAG, Norfolk)