Thursday, January 02, 2014

Three Problems Over The Next Week

There is a lot to discuss and it's too early to get cute with details, but the next 7 days could be very active. As always, let me break down the bullet points:

  • We are expecting some snow on Sunday in parts of Region 8.
  • We are expecting VERY cold air next week.
  • There is a chance of another winter storm on Wednesday.
Wintry Threat on Sunday:
On Sunday, we have a cold front bringing another batch of cold air and a low pressure moving along that front to increase precipitation. This is subject to change, of course, but the rain snow line might be right through Region 8. We are not expecting much ice with this storm. It looks like there should be a fairly sharp cutoff between rain and snow. Here's what the latest run of the GFS model is showing for Sunday:
Very Cold Air Next Week:
If the above verifies and we get a couple of inches of snow through Region 8, we will have some very cold weather to deal with, especially on Tuesday morning. Some of the coldest air we have seen in awhile looks to be moving into Region 8 and a snow-pack will make it even colder. Right now, we are thinking single digit lows for Tuesday morning:
Winter Storm Next Wednesday?:
Another round of wintry weather appears to come in on Wednesday. We are still almost a week away on this storm, so A LOT can change. At this time, we may have more of a sleet/ice/snow mix. This is what the latest run of the GFS shows:
Conclusion:
There are still a lot of questions to be answered with all three of these things to watch. I'm already planning to be at work some this weekend. My biggest concern with this forecast is school. If we get some snow, then very cold air, then another round on Wednesday... these schools may have to add more days to their schedule that is already going into June in some districts. Not good. We'll watch closely.

Ryan

1 comment:

Christopher Shatley said...

Well Ryan I think it would be a very good idea if everyone in Region 8 especially here in the Ozarks of Sharp CO. started planning ahead and gathering non-perishable food items, plenty of water, blankets, first aid kits as well as NOOA weather radio and of course candles flashlights and batteries. Although a major ice storm isn't expected at this time things can change very quickly and It's always better to be prepared just in case.