Lingering Snow Showers

The lingering snow showers we see through Saturday will be the kind we will easily deal with.

In most cases, the minimal accumulations (1-2″ where snow showers are a bit more stubborn) will be very fluffy and light, easy to push around with a shovel or brush.

Happy Frrrrriday, all!

Be sure to download or listen to my Open Line edition of WeatherJazz®!

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Evolution Of The Cold

In this 7-day animation, watch as the record cold reports (blue and black dots) spread from the northern plains and spread south to the deep south:

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Extreme Cold

Record-setting deep arctic cold is sprawling into the nation’s breadbasket and will curl into Ohio behind last night’s snow and sleet.

Temperatures overnight will average near zero, but go well below inland away from the lakeshore:

Courtesy WeatherBell.com

A second storm will keep the cold air in place through the weekend.

Initial storm track will mean that Ohio gets clipped by the synoptic snow on Thursday and Thursday night, but lake effect snow may be added at the end of the system for NEOhio.

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Houston Snowfall

When daylight returned to the Houston area Monday morning, residents were shocked to see so much snow! No one living today in the Houston area has ever seen snow cover the ground AND the sandy beaches like this.

In the meantime, Dallas’ previous  record low of 15°F was SMASHED when their morning temperature fell to +6°F.

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Holding At -8.6°F

Here’s the latest anomaly chart for Cleveland as of Friday at midnight:

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Playing Catch Up?

Two very snowy systems may take aim at NEOhio next week. The first one arrives early Tuesday. Early computer models give Ohio’s northerly counties significant snowfall (some of the snow from the totals on the map below will actually come from the 1-3″ expected Saturday night).

A second major snowy system ay arrive next Friday! (Remember, these are snow TOTALS over the next 8-10 days, not a single storm).

Nonetheless, this has the potential to erase the 8″ snowfall deficit Cleveland is running at the moment.

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Deeper In The Hole

The last 5 days worth of deep cold has now pulled the February temperature anomaly to almost 9°F below normal.

Lake Erie ice has increased dramatically in the last 7 days, to almost 80% on Thursday. Here is a unique view 9f that ice from a pilot who was flying by Marblehead on Thursday morning (looking east).

Click on the live YouTube camera below to see a LIVE video feed from the 5-Mile-Crib looking back toward Cleveland.

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Upcoming Skywarn Training

While most of NEOhio looks out the window and makes plans to enjoy the wintry weather, Freddie Zeigler from the National Weather Service Cleveland office is preparing for spring and summer severe weather season. He is coordinating the Skywarn program that will train anyone who is interested how to spot and report weather issues as we approach severe thunderstorm season.

Here are some of the links that Freddie talked about during today’s podcast:

https://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov

 

Here is the Skywarn schedule and the registration links:

https://www.weather.gov/cle/SKYWARN_schedule

 

If you would like to watch the interview portion of today’s episode, here is the video below:

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Cold Day #9

With every passing day, the February temperature average sinks especially since last Friday. Any departure over 2°F in any direction is “significant.”

Scott Sabol did some fun research comparing this last five winter’s daily maximum temperature and found LOTS of up and down variety….

…until he came to THIS winter. Note how “flat” the plot look compared to the previous 4 years (Jan 1 to Feb 7).

Herer is Scott Sabol’s original tweet on Twitter this morning:

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Wintry Signature

With a definitively cold pattern, Lake Erie is filling up with ice. But remember, NO ice is “safe ice.” Stay off of the lake!

Since February began, ALL of the recorded daily temperatures have been either at or below normal:

My guess is we will see that long stretch continue into the next 1-2 weeks. Stay tuned.

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