Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Thurs., Feb. 4

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A delayed arctic blast of cold air

Windy today, with a chance of snow late tonight

Another shot of snow possible Saturday night

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly cloudy. Rain and snow develop overnight. Windy. Light snow accumulation possible overnight.

Friday: Gradual clearing and chilly.

Saturday: Increasing clouds, with snow showers overnight. Light accumulation possible.

Sunday: Gradual clearing.

Monday: Sunny

Tuesday: Chance showers. Mild.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Much of today’s precip will come after sunset and much of Friday’s will come well before sunrise.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Confidence for a little bit of snow tonight is increasing. Yesterday, models indicated more moisture for snow. Today, they’re back to what they were showing before. This is another situation where the cold air and moisture play cat-n-mouse. Right now, the mouse (snow) is looking to be pretty quick to escape. I’ll keep an eye on it, though!

Saturday night’s snow continues to look like a light one.

Meteorologist Mark’s Snow Day Forecast

The precip will be playing cat-n-mouse with the cold air. It just depends on how well they catch each other as to how much snow we get. Today’s data shows that moisture being quick to escape. I’ll keep an eye on things but I’d be ready for school if I were you!

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

For those of you relieved that the arctic air is no longer showing up on Monday and Tuesday’s forecast, just be aware the pain is only being delayed (ha). The cold air is slowing down and it now doesn’t look to arrive until the end of next week. The pattern then looks to become very unsettled and I would be very surprised to see us escape that arctic pattern without getting any measurable snow. I’ll certainly keep an eye on that!

I tell ya what, Monday is looking superb now! I’d make plans to get outside if you can. The calm before things go south again…..

Meanwhile, we have a couple of chances of some light snow tonight and Saturday night. Both events do, indeed, look to be light. Same ole, same ole.

By the way, hold onto your hats today! It’s going to be windy. Those winds will likely not die down until Friday morning.

On This Day in Wx History

1998- Jamestown sets a station one-day snowfall record with 18″ of snow (20.5″ storm total snowfall). Monterey sets its own single-day snowfall record with 12″ (14″ storm total), as well as Livingston with 9″.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 91° at Rio Grande, Texas 

Low: -10° at Amasa & Stambaugh, Michigan

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow are affecting the Upper Midwest to New York state today. Farther west, very heavy snow is expected in the higher elevations of the northern Rockies.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Today’s wintry mix moves east to New England, while Lake Effect snows start falling again across the Great Lakes Region. More snow can be found from northern Missouri to northern Kentucky. Still more snow can be found across the northern plains and northern Rockies, with the heaviest of snows found in northern Idaho.

 Weather Shots

We were blessed with another beautiful Tennessee sunset Wednesday evening! I took this in the back fields, overlooking the family farm.

NASA Nerdology 

You learn something everyday. I honestly had no idea we ever had an untethered space walk until I saw NASA talk about the first untethered spacewalk that was performed during this week in 1984.

The STS-41B (Shuttles are named this way) mission launched from Kennedy Space Center and featured the first untethered space walks; astronauts used the manned maneuvering unit, a jet-propelled backpack, to move through space!

Also, that’s a big “no” for me. I prefer my jet-propelled backpacks stay on Earth. (haha!)

You all have a great day and keep lookin’ up!

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