Ground Hog Day Storm

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This really turned out to be, well, not much more than you see right here….

Then we got hit with this….

And NOW they’re calling for this…..

The Groundhog Day Storm May Affect over 100 Million People
A large winter storm forecast to unfold could adversely affect well over 100 Million people next week from the Rockies to the Plains, South, Midwest and Northeast, if it develops to its full potential.

The latest indications continue to point toward a large storm forming amidst a building temperature contrast over the middle of the nation.  Precipitation and strong cold air/warm air circulation around that storm will affect many millions of people from the interior West to the Atlantic Coast as next week Progresses.

We are calling this system the Groundhog Day Storm, and it will likely severely impact ground travel, and lead to canceled flights, school delays and closures.  The storm is not only a concern for Wednesday, but for much of the week as the system moves along.

Warm air building over the Plains now will be dramatically replaced by a charge of Arctic air that will lead to blinding unslope snow along the High Plains and the Front Range of the Rockies.

As the air charges southward and becomes more shallow, a substantial ice storm may unfold for portions of the southern Plains.  Meteorologist and former resident of the southern Plains, Heather Buchman, states, “This is the type of storm that could shut down the region with high winds, plunging temperatures, ice, snow and rapid freeze-up on roads.”

Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet points out, “Some parts of the Plains and Rockies may have a daily temperature drop of 50 degrees or more, caused by the storm.”

If the storm develops to its full potential, parts of the Plains will experience life-threatening RealFeel temperatures.

Nasty cold air, marked by near-or below zero temperatures, could possibly grip areas during the day as arctic high pressure builds over the norther Rockies and Plains as the storm passes by.

The charge of cold air clashing with warm air will likely lead to heavy, perhaps severe, thunderstorms sweeping eastward through parts of the Mississippi Valley and South.

Depending on the storm’s configuration as it heads to the eastern half of the nation, a zone of heavy snow and ice may form from parts of the Ohio Valley to the mid-south and mid-Atlantic.

Depending on the track of the storm and how quickly it re-forms along the Atlantic Coast, heavy snow could blast part of the Great Lakes and much of the Northeast.

Some benefits from the storm would be more needed rain in the Deep South, moisture from the southern Plains and the stirring out of fog over parts of the interior West.

How nasty the storm gets and the primary form of precipitation for the Northeast, Midwest, interior South, and Plains depends on the exact track of the storm, still days away.

The storm will have many negative effects, especially in parts of the Northeast, where snow-removal budgets are blown and roofs are stressed to the failure point from the magnitude of prior record-breaking snowstorms.

According to Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “Kids in portions of Kentucky have missed over two weeks of school already this winter.”

Meteorologist Mark Mancuso stated, “This storm and perhaps a second storm could impact travel to the Super Bowl in Dallas next weekend, potentially from areas of ice, snow, high winds and cold.”

The system expected to parent the storm over the middle of the nation was located 500-1,000 miles off the coast of the Northwest US Friday.

Keep checking in at for updates on this storm that will threaten lives and property.

Oh boy, I dunno about you, but I can hardly wait!!!  As for our unseasonably warm temperatures today… I think I’d rather Spring come next week than this mess!!!

This is what says about our area… Let’s hope they are more accurate!  Especially with it Lambing time at our house.  So far 2 sets of twins and a set of triplets have been born… That was last I knew as of last night…

They always pick the best of weather conditions to be born in :(… {sigh}

Signing off,

10 thoughts on “Ground Hog Day Storm

  1. I live in California, I guess thats why I think storms are exciting! I wish I lived where it snows!

  2. I hope it's not too terrible for you…it looks so so on that report. I do not miss it. I used to live in VA. Looks like they are going to get hit pretty hard–in the area where I lived actually. Crazy. Stay warm.

  3. Hope it turns out ok…and, I had to chuckle over the weather map showing the cold air coming from Canada…it looks like Canada is trying to shoot the US with really huge blue arrows. Evil Canada ;D LOL Stay warm!

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