Incredible Cold….. And a Little Snow?

January 4, 2010

I’m back from the frozen grounds of Missouri, and I have to tell you, it’s not terribly different here.  I mean, 30s do feel like 50s to me right now, but soon enough we will see temperatures that will rival normal levels of cities like Kansas City, MO, and Indianapolis IN.  From all I can see, this cold dump of air could be a once in ten to fifteen year event. 

We’re already in the midst of a cold pattern here, and there is a hard freeze warning tonight.  Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.  Temperatures will dive well into the 20s tonight and tomorrow night.  In between cold blasts we will see a low pressure develop over the Gulf of Mexico.  As this happens, we’ll see rain break out, and possibly change  to some sort of mixture of rain, sleet, and eventually snow.  I think any accumulation would be very minor.  The one thing to watch is the speed of the Arctic air.  Models have trouble resolving airmasses like this sometimes, and if the cold air arrive six hours sooner, there’s a chance we could be talking about some travel issues.  I’m not sold on that, but do expect to at least see some flakes and or sleet pellets.

The cold air itself could possibly bring us 48-60 hours below freezing.   That would include at least two nights with lows in the 14-19 range.  This is pipe busting, agriculture affecting cold, and all precautions should be made for extreme cold as this airmass approaches.  Friday and Saturday mornings appear to be the biggest problems as of now.   Make sure exposed pipes are wrapped or insulated, plenty of wood is stacked up out back if you have a fireplace, any tender vegetation is covered or brought in if possible, and bring those pets in!  I know this kind of cold can be devastating to certain types of agriculture.  Use the next 3 to 4 days to get things in order as best you can.

Nick

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One Response to “Incredible Cold….. And a Little Snow?”

  1. steve tippit said

    nick, can i borrow a plate of bean sprouts?

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