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wxbrad
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:04 am

Well today is Groundhog Day and no matter what the little rodent says the Carolinas are in for some real winter weather. After a very warm January the pattern shift it seems I have been talking about for weeks is finally coming to reality.



Things get kicked off tonight and into Friday with a warm spring like storm. Which will bring wind and the possibility of severe weather overnight and into Friday. Once that storm moves through the line of storms keep coming. Unlike in recent week there is some cold air coming down from Canada that will work with these storms and bring the chance of snow to the Carolinas. There is some serious cold air up in Canada right now and a piece of the polar vortex will break off and set up shop over the Northeast U.S. and southern Ontario by the weekend. Once it’s counterclockwise flow will bring down wave and wave of progressively colder air. While this is going on areas of low pressure will form near the gulf coast along the zone where the cold air and the warm moist air over the gulf meet up. These lows will track along this cold/warm zone into Northern Florida and then up the Carolina coast. Anyone of these storms could bring some light snow to the southeast. The thing we need to watch for is some energy spinning down from the polar vortex meeting up with one of these gulf lows and we could have a major southeast snowstorm that would then move up the east coast as a nor’easter.



If that all wasn’t enough the cold air will continue to be pumped south and east by the polar vortex. The first wave comes this weekend but looking into next week even colder air will be coming down by mid week. There will be very good snow chances Saturday night into Sunday with accumulation 2-4”. The more significant snow could come Monday night into Tuesday with a major low forming in the Gulf of Mexico and heading for the Carolinas. By Monday and Tuesday the cold air will be established across the region so any moisture will fall as snow, the questions are will the storm track too far from the mountains. Could be snow across the piedmont of the Carolinas and Virginia and not so much for the mountains.

Even if the storm track keeps the major snowstorms away from the higher terrain there’s this one saving grace. With the polar vortex set up ad send waves of cold air down. Each eave will have an upper air disturbance with it call a vort max. These will be coming down in Northwest flow so each one could flare up the Northwest snow showers. I actually think with these cold northwest flow the mountains might not see a huge dump of snow all at once but just a persistent light snow showers pattern that could last for days. So while the snow won’t pile up all at once, by the end of next week the mountains may have gotten 12-15” spread out over the whole week.



So either way we are getting snow and cold so with the natural stuff and the snow guns blowing 24/7 starting Saturday night February promises to be better then December across the resorts of the Southeast.



Stay tuned….. and good skiing!



Brad
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:36 am

:lol:
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:37 am

Time for everybody to do their snow dance.
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:51 am

I thought there was a better chance with the first low for a sig. snow up here than the second?
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:59 pm

I am coning to sugar next weekend with the family so if there is going to be 12-15" over next week I will be happy as can be!



Let it snow, Let it snow..... :)
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:22 pm

haha, 12-15"



man i hope these storms pull through. its about time for some damn snow.
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:28 pm

Going up to Beech tonight, should I take the 4x4 or can I take the sports car?



Ken
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:41 pm

You'd probaby be good on the Harley.
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Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:53 pm

Sorry, don't own a donor-cycle.



Do have a Vette, and enjoy the ride to Beech. It's 34 at Fred's according to Rays. Maybe if I drive it up, that would appease the snow gods to see me crack it up on the way home.



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