Dodging a Winter Storm Bullet - 03/24/13
For obvious reasons, you would think that a late-March snow storm would mean more trouble for our part of the country as opposed to locations to our south. But that's not the case with the powerful winter storm now moving across the Ohio Valley. The complex system has already dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Kansas, and on the southern end, near five inches of rain on northern Florida.
Last week, forecast models alternately brought the track of the storm close enough to West Michigan to make a few inches of accumulation possible, then dragged the storm track southward, taking snow out of the equation. Over the weekend, the various models settled on a solution that leaves us out of the snow; good news for Monday morning commuters, bad news for children hoping for one more snow day!
The storm track isn't good news for our friends to the south. Indianapolis, for example, is bracing for up to ten inches of snow to fall from late this afternoon through tomorrow morning. No doubt, getting to work in the "Circle City" is going to be extra difficult tomorrow morning; for that matter, getting home might not be easy either. As the system travels eastward, the Appalachians and eventually East Coast are looking at the potential for heavy snow as well: Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia are some cities that might see heavy snow tomorrow. For now, it looks like the Northeast Corridor, from New York to Boston, will be spared heavy snowfall.
Closer to home, though we're far enough away from the storm's center to avoid measurable snowfall, the system's cloud shield will keep us from seeing sunshine. The system will also help to keep our temperatures unseasonably chilly. Forecast models indicate the upper air flow over the Great Lakes will continue to be cool through much of the coming week. Temperatures will moderate somewhat by week's end, but will likely remain a little cooler than average. Looks like our patience will continue to be tested as we wait for a warmer weather!