Tuesday 8 a.m.
This is national pancake day. You may find that interesting food for thought, but the question we have to answer is: how do the next few days stack up? Usually we have some skillet this. In the East, it is a great day to get out of the log cabin.
Where will the weather be best? Places like Frying Pan Shoals, S.C., will be warmer then Maple Shade, N.J. It is not terribly cold in Quebec, but we cannot say the French toast. Out in the central Plains states today, some people could claim they rarely sausage fine weather in the middle of winter.
Today, clouds will usyrup the sky from the Great Lakes through the Northeast. This is not to say the weather will cause a real flap, Jack. Sure, there could be some sprinkles or downy flakes, but it sure beats the long period when the cold wouldn't l'eggo.. when farmers went out to make sure they saw their pigs in blanket.
Meanwhile, a storm will be forming near Oklahoma's panhandle today. We're still waffling on when and how that storm will affect the East Coast. It could drop up to a few inches of snow from parts of the Ohio Valley to New Jersey.
In this video, we follow the European model's path through the coming weekend. The operational version from last night shows the "weekend storm" passing well out to sea. Stay tuned, though.
Meanwhile, in the Northeast, some melting will take place... and conjures up the joys of slush:
When we think about winter storms, the Currier and Ives renditions of the beautiful winterscape often come to mind first... the pristine snow draped across the fields and trees, a stream with snowcapped rocks, a country lane with thin tracks where a car or truck recently passed. It's quite a different scene that greets our gaze this morning. Through the murky membranes of mist, grimy, cinder and salt-saturated slush clumps splash on the windshield, get plastered to the sides of the cars and trucks, spray on pedestrians and add a dimension of dinginess that's undiminished. Slabs and sponges of slushy snow form oozing mounds and ridges that line the roadsides. Windshield wipers will smear the slimy slurry across the glass, each pass of the wipers smoothing the slithery, slippery sludge off to the unreachable grimed-up corners of the impugned pane. Then later, when it dries, you get a nasty reminder when that dusty gruesome grime rubs off on your freshly cleaned coat as you wedge toward your car or truck in a tight parking space.
Although today is rather windy and chilly, it will not be as windy as it was yesterday from Chicago to Buffalo, where winds gusted past 50 mph. This map shows isobars fairly close together. There is more spacing between the lines today than yesterday. The lines in the Northeast are oriented from northwest to southeast, which is line with a chilly flow of air.
Note how the lines are arranged in the Tennessee-North Carolina area. The close spacing over and just northwest of the Appalachians is the signature of cold air being dammed up against the mountains.
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