Charlie's Forecasts for Laurel Ridge

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PACCSA member Charlie Becker does weather forecasting as a hobby and will share some of his predictions with us throughout the winter season. If severe weather is anticipated, please refer to your local weather and/or the National Weather Service for any advisories that may have been issued.

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Tue 18 Dec 2012

Here is the latest on the coming storm(s).  A cold front is expected to arrive sometime late Thursday night.  On the heels of that cold front developing lake-effect snows have the potential to drop significant accumulations on The Ridge from Friday and Friday night through Saturday am.  This is the type of storm where orographic enhancement can drop locally heavy amounts (i.e. 4” in Donegal - 12” on The Ridge).  Throw in 40-45 mph wind gusts and you have the ingredients for a potential blizzard.  The next significant snow popping up on the radar suggests the arrival of a potentially significant storm around the day after Christmas.   The long range models are indicating a period of colder/wetter weather through the end of December but with the ups and downs we have been experiencing, cautious optimism shall be the rule.
Merry Christmas and see you on The Ridge,