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Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Wed., Jan 13


A mild couple of days

Another strong cold front arrives Friday

Light snow once again possible Friday night/Saturday

An unsettled pattern emerging

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly sunny and milder.

Thursday: Clouds increase ahead of our next storm system. Breezy. Some possible light precip overnight.

Friday: A chance for rain and snow. Breezy. Light snow possible overnight (monitoring).

Saturday: A chance for light snow. Light accumulation is possible.

Sunday – Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, though light precip chances may be added in future outlooks. Cold.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Thoughts (New!)

The cold front coming Friday will bring some northwest winds and a chance for some snow showers or light snow. Anytime we have northwest winds hitting the plateau, we tend to get cloudy skies and snow showers. These can always produce light accumulation. Right now, it’s just not clear how much moisture will be available but these events are often very light events. Models have been trending upward with moisture and that’s why you’re likely seeing other area meteorologists now add snow chances to their forecast for Saturday. I’ll keep you posted as this forecast changes. These events tend to favor snowfall for Mayland, Pleasant Hill, Monterey, and Jamestown (western edges of the plateau).

The pattern remains rather active and unsettled beyond Saturday. Don’t be surprised to see more light snow and/or light rain chances added to Sunday, Monday or Tuesday in later forecasts. That is especially true for Tuesday, as models are now wanting to add snow showers to that day, as well.

Wx Threats for the Next 7 Days

A strong cold frontal passage on Friday will bring a chance for some light snow to the area Friday night and Saturday. Some light accumulations are possible. Details about both the timing and the amount of precip are still being worked out. Stay tuned.

Meteorologist Mark’s Snow Scale

Nothing has changed since yesterday. I’m monitoring this very closely.

On This Day in Wx History

1886 – A great blizzard struck the state of Kansas without warning. The storm claimed 50 to 100 lives, and eighty percent of the cattle in the state.


Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 79° at West Kendall-Tamiami, Florida

Low: -38° at Antero Reservoir, Colorado

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain threatens an area from Iowa to Minnesota. More accumulating snow may fall across parts of New England.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain moves east to Wisconsin and Illinois. Accumulating snow is expected farther north across northern Minnesota and North Dakota.

 Weather Shots

Anyone missing our snow yet. My backyard just doesn’t look the same without the beautiful snow.

NASA Nerdology 

In January of 2005, Deep Impact launched on its mission to study comet composition. Upon reaching comet Tempel 1, it released an impactor spacecraft which generated an immense flash of light upon collision, as captured below. It almost looks like a diamond ring!

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2 thoughts on “Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Wed., Jan 13

  1. Mark, I have been a real fan for the last ten years. I enjoy your blog and the wonderful information about the Plateau. My Wife and I have lived here in Fairfield glade Glade for the last 20 years. My neighbor informed me that he had checked with NOAA in Nashville and that the Plateau receives an average of 14.5 inches of snow a year. I can assure you that thisPat was new to me. I have a digital rain gauge in my back yard and the last two years in Cumberland County are the wettest on record. But I sure do not recall that much snow. Pat gruetpgA

    1. First of all, thanks for following me and for enjoying the blog! I enjoy what I do and it’s always a thrill to hear when others enjoying reading what I do! As for the snow, it’s been a LONG time now since we’ve seen a “good” snow. It’s a pattern we’ve been locked into for some time. Whether it’s a long or short term pattern is anyone’s guess. I suspect that the average snowfall number will begin to drop when data from recent years is added. Back in the 80s and 90s, when I was a kid, we would get 4-6 inch snows at least two or three times a winter, with at least a 6-10 inch snow from time to time. In 1993 we even had a blizzard, with 18 inches of snow! I lived in central Mississippi for several years (Miss State) and I saw more snow there than I do here now! So bizarre.

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