We have had our first snowfall of the season finally. It wasn’t much but it’s something.
We were leaving the grocery store near sunset this evening and I noticed some cumulus clouds off to the northwest. I also noted some virga under it. That was probably snow flurries
While I didn’t personally notice any it seems like many friends int he area posted on Facebook about seeing snow flurries yesterday. We had a squally looking cloud pass by to our north that looked like it was precipitating but it missed us. I had also read that some areas in Lancaster county had a light coating of snow last night. I didn’t notice any here myself but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have any.
I just have to laugh after the pretty crappy winter we’ve had now we have a pretty good weather pattern that would have brought us snow then. It will be rainy today, big surprise there, that’s what seems to be happening almost every week. The rain will continue into tonight with a low of 31 and possibly snow showers. Get to have a freeze warning too! I’m sure what’s going to happen will be that the weather pattern will flip again just in time for heat and humidity.
It took this long but we’re finally getting a pattern that could have given us snow in the winter with colder temperatures and storminess. Northern Pennsylvania has been getting snow. The step daughter had gone to the mountains last weekend and they had snow. We’ve been having some strong cold fronts move through the past week or two with lots of wind the next day. I’m listening to the wind outside right now as I am typing this.
Basically all winter we had the storm systems running up to our west keeping us on the warm side of things or the occasion way to far to the south and east storm if there was actually cold air in place. Oh well, I am not complaining because there’s no point in it. Gotta take what mother nature gives you. Hopefully next winter is better but for now I am ready for spring.
When I woke up this morning it looked like there was a little bit of light small falling. I couldn’t tell for sure since it was dark out but it looked like there was a slight flicker to the street lights like I normally see when there is snow falling. It didn’t add up to anything. All day long though, it’s been a raw, dreary spring day. Temperatures in the low 40s with just enough rain falling to keep things wet reminds me of the weather one should expect on the first day of trout season here in Pennsylvania which would normally open about a week from today.
Here we are, another week and another week of not snowing here. The models had showed a possibility a while back but that storm stayed well to the south. We barely even got some clouds from it. All day the radar has shown a nice precipitation shield over the Carolinas and I’ve been thinking why can’t that be a little further north? We actually have some cold enough air in place this time that we could have had a decent snow but the storm was suppressed by it.
The original forecast predicted maybe an inch of snow but things timed themselves right that we ended up being under a heavy snow band. I’d eyeball and guess maybe 3 or 4 inches of snow was there this morning before it started melting. The snow was sticking to everything and I just loved how it stuck to this tree with the sun lighting it up. Wet Snow On TreeYesterdays wet snow stuck to the trees and everything.
The original forecast was for around an inches of snow today but the storm overproduced a bit. It’s always a nice surprise when that happens. I was on the rower watching it out the window and it was snowing pretty heavily and even started sticking on the patio It’s not too cold and its calm out. It really would be a great evening for a nice walk in the woods. Sadly there are no woods nearby to walk in.
After a couple of warm and rainy days a cold front came through last night. The rain changed to some snow over night. It’s just interesting to me how this seems to be the go to this year. Rain to snow then a cool day or two then it warms up. I kinda wish I would have Pop’s calendar where he marked every snowfall for years and years to compare. I really did want to get that from his house when he died but never made it there in time.
I knew there as a chance but thought it would dry up as it came over the mountains like it often does when I saw the the small area of snow over Pittsburgh last night. It was a very nice surprise to see a coating of snow on the ground this morning. Lets hope this is a sign of things to come this winter. I don’t really think it’ll happen but here’s to hoping for at least one good storm.
I knew yesterday when it was raining that it could end as snow flurries since it would be during the day. I looked out the window this morning and saw that the rain had switched over to some snow mixed it. A few minutes later it was snowing pretty heavily with it starting to stick to the leaves laying on the ground.. It got heavier and we eventually ended up with maybe a half in to inch of accumulations.
As forecasted for a few days now It’s snowing heavily this morning. It was one of the nice storms that didn’t start out as hours of virga. It was more less from nothing to moderate snow and started laying immediately. Really though it’s a wasted snow storm like most this year where it’ll change to ice then rain but you gotta take what you can get. Not every year can be really well performing winters like the past few have been.
I’ve always been curies as to why every time it snows people feel the need to go to the store and buy milk and eggs and bread. Why these items and not something that won’t spoil if you were to lose power. The part I always laugh at is even in the worst storms in most of the world things will be back to normal within a day or two. Even if you can’t drive someplace most people could (gasp) walk to get what they may need.
It seems around presidents day we’ve had a few of our biggest snow storms. There’s still enough cold air readily available and a bit more energy available as spring is approaching. This year we’ll have a storm that starts with heavy snow with a few inches of it accumulating. That will change to sleet then freezing rain as warmer air works in aloft first. That seems to be the way things are going with every storm this year.
The past two days we’ve had snow then a mix and then rain. Really yesterday was mostly sleet and freezing rain. until the afternoon then it got above freezing and has been since. It was nothing major. A few inches of snow and sleet then a pretty think coating of ice on the trees and other untreated surfaces. If this setup had occurred in January it would have been a big mess because the cold air damming was holding strong yesterday.
Much like pretty much all of the storms so far this winter I’m sitting here listening to the rain pouring down with temperatures in the 50s
Well we had some snow that quickly changed over to sleet then rain with temperatures in near 40 over night. But hey, at least it was a cooler temperature than most storms this year. We always seem to be on the warm side of things this winter when there’s a storm. The Arctic front on it’s way though. We’ll have highs in the teens on Monday and lows tonight in the mid single digits and also Monday night.
We had some early snow this year. November 15th We had around 6 inches of it accumulate. I kept telling Molly that it would happen. It’s too early. Conditions have to be too perfect but yet it dumped heavy snow during the day most of the day and it even accumulated! Why can’t it work out like that in January or February? That put a damper on our geocaching plans or possibly going to the Poconos for a night.
One of the first things we saw when we got to the trail itself was this small spring. February 17, 2003 brought I nice major snowstorm to the area. It was my first one since moving here to Mount Joy. The storm was known as the Presidents' Day Storm The thing I remember most about it is how cold it stayed. It started snowing and just seemed like it kept on going.
Things aligned right for us to get a snow storm and snow it did. It was cold throughout the storm and no mixing issues like I am oh so used to growing up near Philly watching that changeover line moving inlaid from the coast. It was hard to measure this snow if not impossible so I would just eyeball it and say a little over two feet fell here in Mount Joy.
A robin pecking at the ground after a light snowfallHere is a photo of a robin standing in the snow pecking at the ground for food. I happened to look out the back door and noticed a few robins hopping around in the fresh snowfall that accumulated in the back yard this morning. It’s kind of funny how little things such as this can bring back memories of people or places.
Another week and more snow.. This should bring the Lancaster county area their heaviest snow of the year so far with six inches plus of the white stuff. It’ll be a wet snow compared to the very fluffy powdery stuff we’ve had for the past couple of years. I’ll enjoy watching it fall. We’ve already received a half inch or so here in Mount Joy Pennsylvania from snow showers. No bitter arctic temperatures with this storm either.
Well it looks like we’ll get maybe 2-4 inches of snow here. Not really something to complain about but more would be nice. To our east and north east they may again get 6 inches or more. We’ve had very little snowfall here this winter with plenty of wasted cold air here in Lancaster county. Maybe next time.
It is looking like we’ll be getting a couple of inches of snow here Tuesday into Wednesday. I can’t complain about that.. It’s funny how the past couple of years the heavier snow has been to our east over towards Philly and New Jersey and to the south. Growing up in Bensalem it seemed like there was always more snow in the northern and western suburbs of Philly while we were always close to that dreaded mix line and seemingly always received at least some sleet mixed in.
Woke up this morning to a coating of snow. I’m beginning to think that’s all ’re going to get this year which is the complete opposite of last year. We’re doomed to wasted cold air this year so far. December was cold and dry. Only flurries and not much rain either. I think we may have had one or two rain days.
Yesterday we had a good snow storm. Very little wind occurred with it but snowfall rates of maybe 2 or 3 inches an hour happened Friday night. I saw it snowing heavier than I remember seeing it snow before. By the end of the storm we had about 20 inches of snow on the ground. Not bad considering the storm was forecast to be better just south of us which has happened more than once this year.
This season so far has been pretty good for snow.. Saturday was our third snowfall of the year and Lancaster set anew record December snowfall at 16 inches. Southern parts of the county received 20 inches or more and northern parts received as little as 8 inches of snow. Here at home we got about a foot. Rain for Christmas though will probably help melt a lot of the snow away then early January looks to be warmer.
It’s March first and looks like we might actually get some snow. State college has us under a winter storm warning for five to eight inches of snow here. The problem is we’ll be on the back edge of the precipitation and it’ll have a sharp cutoff. I’ll take the snow though. It’s much better than anything we’ve had so far this winter. Now my at my parents' house in Bucks county are forecast to get eight to fourteen inches.
We had a nice moisture rich storm system move from the gulf coast up the East coast.. The system is currently causing snow and major ice in the new England states. Here we were in the mid 50’s all day yesterday with rain and then in the evening the rain became heavy. ended up with 2 - 3 inches of rain in the area. My Davis vantage pro measured 2.06 inches of rain here.
November 20th and there’s a nice looking snow squall stretching across the state of Pennsylvania. It goes from Northwestern PA to Philly and is pretty solid looking. The heavy band of snow is pretty much staying over the same areas with snowfall rates of up to 1 to 2 inches an hour. It would be nice if it shifted 30 miles south now. Looks like it’s crossing I 81 near the Schuylkill and Berks county border.
So much for the flurries I thought we might get last night. The ground is white. even the street has snow covering it. It’s too bad the band didn’t sit over us, some of the counties to the north of us were under a winter weather advisory for three to six inches of snow. Pretty impressive considering it’s not even December yet. It’s been an interesting fall so far. Remember the storm in October that produced heavy snow in the mountains and even an accumulating snowfall in the Philly suburbs.
After last week being a mild week we had a fairly strong storm system move through Saturday. It was close to 70 that day with a tornado watch in effect. While a line of showers developed and moved through the area it was not near severe limits. We had some heavy rain and a bit of wind. Sunday was cooler with some wind. Nothing major. I was sort of surprise by that considering our pressure made it down to 29.
An October coastal storm system is developing off the mid Atlantic coast. It started yesterday with an area of rain developing and persisting through the night here in central Pa. This would have been a nice situation for a little snow here in January. Right now and yesterday during the afternoon the temperature held in the low 40’s Now in the Poconos and higher elevations of northern Pa. I wish I still had my place up near Hazleton and would be going up there.
An October coastal storm system is developing off the mid Atlantic coast. It started yesterday with an area of rain developing and persisting through the night here in central Pa. This would have been a nice situation for a little snow here in January. Right now and yesterday during the afternoon the temperature held in the low 40s Now in the Poconos and higher elevations of northern Pa. I wish I still had my place up near Hazleton and would be going up there.
It’s always a sign of winter coming when the leaves are turning but It’s even more exciting when the NWS is starting to talk about lake effect snow. State college is saying temperatures should support lake effect snow into Tuesday after the arctic from moves through. I’m not looking forward to the rain but arctic fronts can be fun.
It’s a pretty cold morning today for the end of February. My vantage pro2 recorded a low of 14.1 and the coldest it’s recorded this year has been 8 so it’s not that far off. Yesterday was chilly too. The wind made it feel even colder. It’s just a little more wasted cold. Today we should see a clipper move through the area but most of the snow will be to the north.
We ended up with an inch or two of snow this morning before the precipitation shut off. I can’t really complain, its more than I had expected.
Well no big shocker here but another week and another potential ice storm in southern Pennsylvania. State college seems to think up to 1 to 3 inches of snow then it switches to sleet and freezing rain. They’re thinking southern Pennsylvania could receive more than a quarter inches of ice accumulation. They have put us under a winter storm watch. Don’t get me wrong. Ice is interesting but snow is better and more fun and we haven’t had much of that this year.
Yesterday gave two very nice surprises. First one was the clipper left us more than an inch of very fluffy snow accumulation. It just kept snowing with nothing showing on radar anywhere near us. My guess would have to be the precipitation was below the radar beam. Last night about 9pm we decided to run to the store to pick something up and the moon was out. It had cleared up in time for the lunar eclipse!
Well this last storm was one of those times where the cold air just hangs tough at the surface. We ended up below freezing here until about 11am with freezing rain. Some of it was heavy. Cold air damming sure is fun to watch in action. It was a good thing state college issued the ice storm warning. The roads seemed to mostly stay wet but it was really accumulating on the trees and wires and other things.
This time last year we had the most sleet I have ever seen. We ended up with about six inches of very compacted sleet and snow. We had some rain mixed in there too. it was heavy to shovel it. It was funny to see the people on the news trying to dig there cars out of the icy mass after everything refroze. We did ours while it was still fairly mild.
Sunday ended up being very windy with temps dropping into the teens as soon as the sun set. We bottomed out around 10 here. Monday it only made it into the 20s and back down to 16 last night. We had a little light snow this morning and then more snow will move into the area later and change to sleet and freezing rain then over to plain rain tonight. Once again it just seems like wasted cold.
Cool.. snow flurries out side now. This is a nice surprise but not really anything to get excited over but it’s something. It would be too warm for any real snow today anyways. Tomorrow we get a quick shot of arctic air but it will be pretty much wasted cold again. I love snow but just don’t see anything really happening this year with snow. Bring on spring and severe weather!
I looked at the radar than looked out the window and got a nice surprise. It’s snowing moderately and the grass is white. It’s just starting to stick to the sidewalks but the street looks just wet. It’s pretty heavy and fairly large snowflakes falling. My gut feeling was it would be rain or sleet. Maybe tonight I’ll have to go for a walk.
Pretty much like I’ve been suspecting we didn’t get any snow here. We got rain instead. I just didn’t see the temperature dropping fast enough for us. Besides that the storm was to form too far north and east to really give us anything. Maybe we’ll have better luck next time. There was a time when I would really get my hopes up for a storm like this to happen but I don’t do that to myself anymore.
There is at least a potential for snow in the Susquehanna valley Sunday into Monday. It probably won’t accumulate to much of anything but that’s the way it’s going this year. At least there shouldn’t be a lot of ice.
Wow.. I can not even comprehend this amount of snow but in the Sierra Nevada the NWS is forecasting the possibility of 7 to 10 feet of snow. I would love to experience that some day. They are also forecasting hurricane force winds. They’re saying snow will fall at six inches an hour and maybe up to eight inches per hour.
It’s April 6th. Looking at the radar there are plenty of lake effect snow showers and squalls across the state. We’ve had snow showers off and on all morning. Nothing is sticking to the ground but the ground is pretty warm and it is April. There will be a storm and south of here should actually get some snow. That’s not too common. Winter just doesn’t want to give up after it didn’t want to start.
I saw this posted on a board. I thought it was a neat experiment so I had to post about it here. On Mount Washington in New Hampshire they took boiling water and it immediately turned into snow. At the time they did this it was -34° Fahrenheit Their wind chills were between -80 and -100. Mount Washington is one of those places I really want to visit someday. I also enjoy checking out their extreme weather.
This strange winter is continuing. It started out as the winter that seemed like it would never get cold. This continued until late January when we got our first Arctic blast. We stayed well below normal for most of February then it warmed up for a few days. Once more we are in the Arctic air. It’s not to shabby for being march either. It stayed in the 20s today after a low in the teens last night.
About 4 years ago we had the first big snow storm I remembered in a while and the first one I experienced after moving the Mount Joy. I remember two unusual things about that storm. It was very cold through out and the barometer stayed high. The temperature stayed around 10 degrees the whole time. I didn’t remember experiencing that before. It wasn’t windy at all and very quiet outside.
We ended up getting about six inches of very compact sleet and snow in this storm. It started out with 3 to 4 inches of snow then heavy sleet all night then it warmed up to 33 degrees with sleet and rain. A few ours later the temperature dropped and eventually reached the single digits at night. Everything froze as solid as a rock and is still that way. This is the first time I remember being able to walk on top of the snow.
Looks like there’s at least a potential for a snow storm Tuesday into Wednesday. We’ll see what happens. The odd thing about it is that it seems like most of our snowstorms occur closer to the weekend not the middle of the week. At least that’s the way I remember it growing up near Philly, Are you ready for the TV hype to begin?