Snow Storm part two is slowly commencing this evening. The upper level trough over the eastern US gets a burst of cold air and energy starting tonight. Once the snow starts flying itâ€™s going to last well into Wednesday. Donâ€™t expect snow fall rates as fast as Monday morning but moderate snow will fall steadily for the next 48 hours and really pile up. The flow is quickly backing to the Northwest as the monster coastal low moves into the Northeast and hammers them. There is a quick moving cold front swinging through the Ohio valley and heading from the mountains. The surge of arctic air behind the front will be accompanied by gusty winds as well as the snow. The combination of arctic air, northwest flow and low level moisture means a great second half to this snowstorm.
As for totals this will clearly be the biggest storm of the season, storm total by Wednesday will have no problem going over a foot. The question is how much higher they could go. Base on what is still to come I can safely say by Wednesday Ashe, Watauga, Avery counties will see storm totals of 12-18â€. West Virginia and the Virginia mountains are going to see close to 20-24â€. Iâ€™m sure Snowshoe and Winterplace will see 2 feet by the time all is said and done.
Mount Mitchell got 10â€ this morning and they could be close to 25â€ by Wednesday, plus Iâ€™m sure Sugar will get close to 20â€ by Wednesday. Remember these are snow totals, which mean the snow today plus the snow to come the next 48 hours put together.
Good skiing and enjoy the powder and watch out for those winds and arctic air!
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