Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sat., Jan. 16

Headlines 

Light snow continues

An unsettled/changeable pattern

Rain next week/ends as snow?

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Light snow. Windy. Cold. Stay inside (ha).

Sunday: Mainly morning flurries. More snow flurries could move in overnight.

Monday: Mainly morning flurries. Then gradual clearing.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and milder.

Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy.

Thursday: Rain showers likely. Mild.

Friday: Possible rain and/or snow. Turning colder.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Light snow could lead to hazardous travel conditions today. Be careful if you must be out and about. To make matters worse, the wind will drop wind chills into the teens and lower 20s.

Another system could bring snow flurries Sunday night and Monday morning. As of now, only a dusting or so of accumulation is expected. I’ll keep an eye on that.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

Snow showers are liable to be with us throughout the day. These “northwest flow” events are often slow to head out. Flurries will likely linger into the evening hours.

Another system is poised to move in Sunday night. Right now, I think we’ll just see a dusting or so. If moisture increases at all I’ll have to up my forecast to one inch or less. I give that about a 30% chance of happening.

Next week’s forecast is very changeable and don’t be surprised to see big swings in the forecast. It certainly looks like we’ll get milder by midweek but there are lots of questions about the end of next week. A big surge of cold air is expected to plunge into the northern plains. We could be looking at some wintry precip when that gets here, but details are very murky right now. Stay tuned.

On This Day in Wx History

2003- A major snowstorm strikes the mid state, with Nashville reporting 7″ of snow — much more than was forecast — becoming the city’s biggest snowfall in nearly 7 years. The snow begins falling around 8:00 a.m., and by mid-day the city is paralyzed with blocked interstates, numerous accidents, and large-scale gridlock.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 96° at Santee, California 

Low: -16° at West Yellowstone, Montana

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A wintry Saturday across much of the country. Rain and snow plague the eastern US, with freezing rain wrecking havoc across northern Maine. The colder mountains of New England will see very heavy snowfall.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Rain and snow fall in the eastern US, while snow accumulates across the northern plains and northern Rockies.

 Weather Shots

I’m starting to get used to the idea of waking up to fresh snow! Lovin’ my Saturday morning snowfall!

NASA Nerdology 

In January of 1976, Helios 2 launched on its mission to study the sun. NASA provided the launch vehicle while West Germany provided the probe itself. To me, one of the coolest things about NASA is their international partnerships. I love to see other countries working together toward a common goal.

You all have a great day!

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