I've always had a fascination with ice.. i don't want anyone to suffer for it, but i wouldn't mind some ice. 4 years ago (i think) when we had an ice event on the north shore, it was fascinating. Acutely icicles on the cars.
Likely coldest Christmas day for entire nation as a whole since 2000 core of cold will centered over the heartland but spread out west and east While snow less in west ,prospects for snow before Christmas extend to the gulf coast w of New Orleans east coast Carolinas north IMO
Well the 12z GFS came in not so ridiculous. Still cold but not as wet/frozen. It does have the front pushing through on the 23rd with a quick change over to sleet/snow, followed by a cold Christmas Day with temperatures staying in the 30's all day. Then another system moving across the region 2 days later with another chance at frozen precipitation with another push of frigid air, dipping down into the 10's and 20's across Louisiana and Mississippi by the end of the run.
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^^^^^^^ The problem is that it would be ice, not snow. This is reportedly a very shallow arctic air mass which means the upper air would be too warm for the formation of snow, or even sleet. It would be rain falling and freezing on the surface if temps are low enough. Believe me, you do NOT want an ice storm.
Believe me...I've spent enough winters in Upstate NY to know that an ice storm here would be a disaster.
I'll have to take out the generator today and test it. For Friday's snow event we were out of power for 2 days and went to the in-laws' house.
I'm lucky i installed an automatic gas driven house generator. All i have to do is make sure the oil os changed every 100 runtime hours or so. No gas cans, no extension cords, no safety concerns for me or the power line workers......less than 30 seconds and its running my house.