Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Washington State of Emergency

1:20 PM PST 1/19/12 | Forecaster Mark Ingalls of our Pacific Northwest Team filed several video reports in his Tri-Cities Weather website in southeast Washington on the evolving storm situation in the region. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

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Major winter storm 
raging across Pacific Northwest

A reader photo from Kennewick, WA shows up to 6" by late morning
and yes, students... they STILL had school despite all this snow.
12:17 PM PST 1/18/12 | This report submitted by Forecaster Jason Warren, collaborating with our team in Washington State on updates for the Pacific Northwest page.

A major winter storm continues across the Pacific Northwest. Milder air streaming northward across OR is keeping the lower elevations rain, with heavy snow continuing in the mountains. Strong winds are pounding the OR coast with gusts up to 95 mph being reported near Newport.

Winter storm warnings continue for much of WA, OR, and ID with heavy rain and mountains snows expected to continue into tonight. Some of the mountain passes are closed for avalanche control. Check the NWS website for the latest weather information:

"So much snow, you're not gonna 
find a stick to shake at it."
-Forecaster Mark Ingalls, Kennewick WA

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Latest NWS Watches and Warnings
7:30 PM PST 1/17/12 |  A SIGHT YOU SELDOM SEE: Multi-day storm to drop 6-12" in some metro areas, with a storm total of 12 inches possible in Seattle, by Wednesday night, 2 feet+ in the Cascades and Blue Mountains, near 40 inches in high mountain passes between Idaho and Montana.

An unusual combination of an Arctic air mass wedged into the region being "overrun" by moisture from a storm impacting  the Oregon coast today will produce heavy snow throughout much of the Northwest into Wednesday. Consult your nearest NWS forecast office for the latest watches and warnings on this dangerous storm. We have also posted links to current Winter Storm Warnings in our Pacific Northwest facebook page.

For a different regional view on storm dynamics, you can view this blogsite operated by an Atmospheric Science Professor at the University of Washington. For a local view on expected snowfall in Seattle as of last night, you can visit this website by a UW Meteorology student.  

6:05 AM PST 1/17/12 | At 6:20 AM Pacific Time, (9:20 AM Eastern), Forecaster Mark will be part of a live radio interview, in the studios of 102.7 KORD in Kennewick Washington to report on the snowstorm in that region. Join us for the live broadcast online in a few minutes.

6:00 AM PST 1/17/12 | A complex storm system moving across Oregon today into Wednesday, in conjunction with an "Big Sky" Arctic air mass crawling into Montana will create a wintry maelstrom of 6 to 12 inches of snow across numerous metro areas of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Seattle may reach or exceed 9 inhes, Lesser amounts are expected from Portland to Pendleton and southward to Medford, but still a significant snow event is possible in that region, with 4 or more inches in the next 24 hours. 

Forecaster Mark Ingalls of the Tri-Cities area in the Mid-Columbia Basin reports on his weather blog for the region this one storm will produce that "So much're not gonna be able to find a stick to shake at it." For portions of Washington State, some of the Winter Storm Watches have been upgraded to warnings as shown in the NWS Western Region advisory map.   

Current NWS Advisories from the Pendleton, Oregon NWS are as follows...Winter Storm Watch in effect for Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, NW Umatilla and N Morrow Counties. A Winter Storm Warning in effect for S and E Umatilla and S Morrow Counties.

A pink Pendleton, Oregon NWS map
 indicating Winter Storm Warnings. 
Why is this storm such a big deal for portions of the Northwest such as the Tri-Cities? First, because this area is a much more arid climate than even the Cascades, 6 inches of snow is a major precipitation event, despite being in a latitude more north than Boston, MA. Second, as Mark says on his blog, "being in the desert, sticks are hard to find as it is." 

Now dump a bunch of snow...and it's even more challenging!

For those traveling to this region from the Eastern U.S., expect ground and air delays coming into SeaTac and Vancouver. Spill over effects will be felt across the nation as delayed or canceled flights from Seattle will impact travelers in eastern airports. Feel free to report your travel observations or suggestions if commuting in the region. Having bisected all of Washington State recently in a team road trip, Forecasters Mark, Aaron and Mr. Foot can vouch for how difficult the mountain passes are on a foggy day, let alone during a snowstorm.

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Real snow to rock Seattle:

9 or more inches by Wednesday

2:50 PM PST 1/16/12 | Untimely snow & ice storm arrives during exam week

I-90 traffic cam in Issaquah, WA

Winter Storm Watches and Warnings plaster the Pacific Northwest with up to 9" possible in unlikely places such as downtown Seattle by Wednesday night. Intermittent snow west of the Cascades today will increase slowly overnight and spread across the region, becoming heavier from Tuesday night into Wednesday. The untimely nature of this storm is arriving when some public school systems are about to begin mid-terms or semester finals, confounding the school schedule. 

Total storm accumulations may reach or exceed 9" in the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, along the I-90 corridor to Spokane and south toward the Tri-Cities. The image is of the Washington State Department of Transportation on I-90 in Issaquah.

For details on this high impact, wide ranging storm, please visit our Pacific Northwest page by Lead Forecaster Mark Ingalls. If you live in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area or live along the I-5, I-90 or Route 405 corridors, we would welcome additional weather forecasters interested in becoming involved in our team during this event. Contact us at or

Our forecaster on the radio: KORD 102.7 in Southeast Washington state is interviewing Forecaster Mark at 6:20 AM Pacific Time (9:20 AM Eastern) tomorrow morning:

Atmospheric Science students at the University of Washington are also closely following the snowstorm potential, with a scientific overview of the latest  winter weather developments  on the Cliff Mass Weather Blog. 

Nuisance in the Northeast

2:25 PM EST 1/16/12 | A different storm system currently stretching from the Plains to the Midwest will track into the Northeast by Tuesday. A large and potent area of high pressure along the Northeast coast is keeping cold temperatures and a dry airmass in place at this time. Winter Weather Advisories are posted throughout this region as noted on the National Weather Service Eastern Regional Headquarters page.

As the storm system moves into the region, precipitation will reach the Northeast by midnight from southwest to northeast. 

Temperatures at the surface will be below freezing, with above freezing temperatures in the mid levels of the atmosphere. This will allow for wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Freezing rain accumulations should be under one tenth of an inch for most locations, with up to one inch of snow and sleet accumulation. Accumulations will be greater for the higher elevations of the Northeast. 

This wintry mix should gradually transition to all rain Tuesday morning. 

If you or anyone you know is in the affected areas, our team is posting updates on this snow event in our local zones for Central Pennsylvania, in Central New York and the Winter Stormcast page 
for the Northeastern U.S. (Forecasters Jason M. and the Winter Stormcast Team)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Western North America Team Forecasts 
Websites: Tri-Cities Weather  (Southeast Washington)
Environment Canada:  Main website | Vancouver, BC Forecast

Foot's Forecast is a weather forecasting, decision support and education outreach company operated by high school, college and professional forecast teams in 20 states. In the western U.S., Lead Forecaster Mark Ingalls, a senior at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, WA  is the Western Outreach Coordinator and leads the team's Pacific Northwest forecast page in Facebook. (Photo: Forecaster Mark Ingalls with Aaron Salter, a senior at the University of Maryland on a team visit to Seattle in Dec 2011)   

Visit the Pacific Northwest page
on Facebook for today's report 
Just three months after joining our team, in July 2011, Mark was featured in four newspapers, including this article in the Seattle TimesMark also runs a locally-focused weather website for the Tri-Cities of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco in Southeast Washington and an accompanying Facebook page.  Mark's welcome message to students below was filmed during a December 2011 Maryland team visit to the region. 


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We welcome college students, science teachers and professors from across the region to consider joining as forecasters or advisors. Our team is in search of collaborations with western U.S. universities or high schools to join the efforts of our eastern U.S. university colleagues.  For advisors, you and your students would gain access to our 20-state network, including science teachers,  emergency managers, research meteorologists, graduate and undergraduates at eight universities. For high school students, the 411 on how to join  is found in "Who we are...what we do" or the Application Page. You can also Read about us in the media or simply Find your Forecast to learn more about our coverage before you consider joining.


What is different about Foot's Forecast versus other weather providers? Are we competing with the National Weather Service or Accuweather? 
  • We are a locally-based, nationally collaborative organization of high school and college student leaders guided by professionals;
  • Our "local forecast teams" really do live in the zones they operate, content on our pages does not originate from far away providers;
  • We support and promote NWS products to alternative audiences in social media. Forecasters retain local authority to predict the weather as they see it in collaboration with advisors and team members.
Check our record for yourself...Google us, or watch this 30 second video which searches for you, and is set to music, just for fun.

    Mark Ingalls and CEO Rich Foot at
    the 2011 NSTA Seattle Conference 
    Through a connection to the local and national Foot's Forecast team, science teachers, high school and college students alike can leverage that connection in order to bring a real-time, wide-angle perspective on climate, weather and the environment-- directly into the classroom.  The best and your students or neighbors will get to interact with their own local, real forecaster right in the area. The "teachable weather moment" potential is huge for students. 

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    This video forecast  from Friday, December 9, 2011 was filmed at the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. It is an example of how our team delivers "Fusion Forecasting" in an engaging, scientific and locally relevant way. When the weather permits, we feature local reports from students as the "lead story" on our main site. In our team, a good forecaster knows how to "go beyond" just the weather and make the forecast culturally relevant while retaining appropriate elements of science and meteorology.  

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    Saturday, January 14, 2012

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    Central U.S. Team Forecasts

    Local Zone: Southeast Wisconsin 
    Winter Stormcast: Western Great Lakes | Central Plains

    Michigan: Michigan Weather Watchers
    Illinois: Puma Weather Center | StormCentral
    Kansas/Central Plains: CirrusWeather 
    Oklahoma/Texas/Southern Plains: ConvectiveWeather 


    For current weather watches or warnings, visit your  
     National Weather Service Forecast Office as linked above.

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    "Say it isn't so..."
    - Hall & Oates

    5:20 PM EST 1/13/12 | MAJOR MID-WINTER WARMUP POSSIBLE BY NEXT WEEKEND | Long Range Forecaster Nic Robeson of High Point, NC filed this report earlier today about the growing possibility of a significant warm-up across the Southern Plains, Mid-South and even into the East by next weekend.

    The red line show on this 4-panel of computer model projection for next weekend shows areas of the country which may see upper level temperatures reach 20 degrees Celsius. That could translate into highs in the 70's for a large part of the Southern & Central Plains, Mid-South and Southeast. Visit his overview of the January 21-23 possibilities via this link on
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    The Atlanta Snowmageddon of 2011
    (Just a bit calmer this week)

    10:30 AM EST 1/13/2012 | A special look back by Meteorologist/Forecaster Daniel Ross, reposted from our Metro Atlanta Team. The Youtube video above is a recapture from ABC News World News on the event.

    During the second week of January in 2011, almost 6 inches of snow fell throughout the Atlanta metro area. During the course of the multi-day event, temperatures would just break freezing, causing the top layer to melt, and then refreeze as temperatures dropped below freezing. This resulted in a 4-day closure of the city, as streets became slick with ice. The city was unfortunately hampered by limited snow removal equipment, and extra materials could not be shipped in due to ice. 

    In 2012, temperatures in Atlanta this same week of last year's storm were recently sitting at 60 degrees and rainy. Amazing what difference a year makes. You can view an icy trip down memory lane from the Atlanta storms of 2011, just take it slow and easy, via this link in facebook to the photos of that event taken by our team. (Sorry kids and teachers, you'll have to take a look when you get home.) (Forecaster Daniel, Southeast Team)

    Elsewhere in the country, winter has kept its promise across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and western parts of the Mid-Atlantic. The dark blue across the National Weather Service map indicates extensive Winter Weather Advisories for 1-4 inches of snow, and Wind Advisories elsewhere.  (NWS Eastern HQ Map)

    From Forecaster Jason Warren of our Northeast Ohio page: "Heavy snow is spreading across northeastern Ohio. An area of enhanced snowfall has moved into the area from the west. The leading edge of the heavier snow extends from near Cleveland, south to Medina, and Wooster. This area of heavier snowfall will spread east across the entire area through the morning hours.

    The combination of strong wind gusts and heavy snow will create blizzard-like conditions with local white-outs. Travel will be treacherous across the area. If you are venturing out on the roads, please use extreme caution."

    Facebook updates: You can visit the Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast page for more details on the impacts of this storm in affected areas covered by our team, as well as our Three Rivers Team in Metro Pittsburgh and the Potomac Ridge and Valley of western Maryland and the WV panhandle.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

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    Snow heading from Lakes to East

    ‎7:45 PM CST 1/12/12 | This video report was submitted earlier in the evening by Affiliate Forecaster Matt Baranowski from Storm Central in metro Chicago. Mattt reports on the snow amounts in that region and what to expect for the area tonight into tomorrow. 

    For additional updates from the region, please visit and add to your like list our Winter Stormcast Pages for the Western Great Lakes or Ohio Valley

    Local forecast pages are also operated by Forecaster Robert in Southeast Wisconsin, who received up to 9 inches from this event; Forecaster Jason Warren in Northeast Ohio, Affiliate Forecaster Joe Puma of Puma Weather Center, also in Chicago, and Forecaster Ben Redmon of Michigan Weather Watchers. 

    Near, far, wherever you are... even if you don't have snow, we know the Powderhound in you will somehow..go on. Until then, perhaps the energetic reports from our forecasters will help take the edge off a very snowless winter thus far for the U.S. 

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Snow to return for the weekend
    (for some...)

    Graphic: NOAA HPC Snow Probability for 4 or more inches by 7 AM Friday.

    11:15 AM EST 1/11/12 (Reposted on our Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast page in Facebook) A frosty start in northern states this morning under clouding skies is being replaced by the arrival of a new storm system in the Mid-South. After oddly warmer conditions Thursday for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, temperatures will cool off dramatically by tomorrow night. Starting early Friday morning, portions of western Maryland, western and central Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia should see brief periods of snow.

    Snow sports readers, (known as Powderhounds in these parts) will be stoked to learn it's time gear up for a potentially snowy weekend. We expect the best natural powder to be found at Mid-Atlantic destinations such as Wisp ResortSnowshoe Mountain Resort and Seven Springs. This ski resort shout-out is part of our new Wednesday Winter feature to get your weekend plans cooking if your "head is ready to shred."

    Much colder air, arriving behind the departing storm on Friday morning, should deliver a nice refresh of surface powder Saturday and Sunday in the western Mid-Atlantic. Powderhounds in the Upper Great Lakes Region will be the real winners, with a high probability of 4 or more inches in many locations. Temperatures in the teens and 20's by then will also keep conditions ideally cold for snow-making, and lead to rejoicing among resort operators!

    Later this evening, our Winter Stormcast Team will have more details on the Thursday night into Friday phase of this  winter weather event. (Forecasters Winterman, Foot, Reginald J., Jason M. and Keith K.)

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Brief Mid-Atlantic Snow

    6:30 PM EST 1/9/12 | A minor upper level disturbance which left between 1/4 and 1 full inch to portions of the DC metro area is now passing through our area this evening. Readers from Dundalk to west of Baltimore are reporting light to moderate snow, however accumulations should be limited to grassy areas and vehicles. Just two days ago, temperatures in this same region were flirting with 70 degrees. This is a strong reminder that despite a warm spell, the low sun angle limits the ground's ability to remain warm, and under the current low-level of solar radiation, snow can begin accumulating in areas even in daytime hours when temperatures are marginal.

    (Facebook Video by Forecaster Jason of our Capital Region Zone of the Washington DC area | Apologies to those in the public schools who we know can't see this )

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Not so calm sixteen years ago...

    ‎5:30 PM 1/6/12 | PLENTY OF SNOW...IN THE HISTORY BOOKS | Where's all the snow? Well, for those looking for some serious winter storminess, the best place to look right now is back in the record books of weather. Sixteen years ago this weekend, much of the Mid-Atlantic was buried in the unforgettable Blizzard of '96. We surmise many of our "seasoned" readers remember this day well. 

    Sterling VA NWS Snowfall map from January 6-9, 1996
    (Scroll down in this link for the NWS storm synopsis)
    For whom this was "before your time," trust us: Millions of people had to dig out from 20 to 35 inches of snow! Ahh, those were the days. We are certain many of you have a tale or two to share about this historic take it away!

    For more about the Blizzard of 1996, here's a trip down memory lane by former Baltimore Sun Science Writer Frank Roylance in his blog from January 6, 2006. We will add more remembrances and references about this storm as the sun climbs in the sky on this thawing January day. 

    (Forecast Advisors Rob J., Mr. Foot and the Winter Stormcast Team)

    Friday, January 6, 2012

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    The Epiphany Sunrise

    One of several red sky photos in Maryland on 1/6/2012 as posted
    by readers and forecasters in the Central Maryland Foot's Forecast page.
    11:30 AM EST 1/6/12 | Now THAT was a sunrise! | Our Maryland Team could not let this one get away. A rainbow-like mosaic of colors graced the early morning sky over Central Maryland on this Day of Epiphany. 

    After our first post at 7:30 AM, we did some fact checking on this holiday recognized by some religions, as well as a deeper scientific investigation of the red sky phenomenon.  It turns out that in the original Greek, "Ephipany" means "striking appearance" or "illuminating discovery" of the "essential nature of something." The historical origins of this Earth-Sun dance in the atmosphere may have begun with whom some call "the first forecaster" as recorded 2,000 years ago in the Bible. Details in this brief article by the Online Lbrary of Congress.
    From a scientific perspective, this event is one example of how seemingly disparate natural factors can align to create a thing of beauty. 

    Refraction of the sun's light, influenced by curvature of the Earth, particulates present in the troposphere at the time, and boundary layer winds, can produce an unusual red sky at morning or the more well-known red sky at night (NOAA links) 

    So should sailors (and the rest of us) "take warning" ? A sky such as this should suggest storm weather ahead, correct? Not always so. Advisor and Meteorologist Mike Mogil of How The Weatherworks explored the science of this phenomenon earlier in an article when influence from Tropical Storm Lee on south Florida's weather gave rise to the noticeable "red sky" on a different occasion but under similar west wind conditions.  

    "Typically, in a tropical easterly wind regime, the expression would portend nice weather (clouds and rain moving off to the west).  But, thanks to Tropical Storm Lee’s circulation, we are really embedded in a more middle-latitude, west wind pattern.  So, “red sky in the morning, sailor (and others) take warning,” is our watchword."

    In Maryland and across much of the Eastern United States, a westerly wind regime is observed today courtesy of return flow on backside of the high pressure system as noted on this NOAA Surface Analysis map.  A warm front is also edging across the I-95 corridor. As noted by the hourly observations record at Baltimore-Washington Airport, it is possible the combination of early morning west-southwest winds at the surface and residual moisture enhanced by passage of an upper level shortwave gave rise to the storm-free red sky. After all, the next hint of storminess for this region may not come until the middle of next week. 

    So on this Happy Friday, we thought it was essential to share this moment when nature is her most beautiful, and the science behind it most intriguing. Enjoy, and feel welcome post your captures of the Epiphany Sunrise, or any other sunrise you have relished, in our comment section for all to see. Enjoy! 

    (First posted at 7:30 AM, updated 11:30 AM. Contributors: Advisors Mr. Foot, Mr. Mogil, Mr. Lear and Lead Forecaster Connor M. ) 

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Ski resorts making good use of the cold

    High school students from the 2002-2008 Dundalk Adventure Club
    on their 2004 Ski & Snowboard Trip to Whistler-Blackcomb 
    10:20 AM 1/4/12 | While some readers have to deal with the hassle winter weather brings, for Powderhounds it is a cash cow, especially if snow followed by cold. Our Winter Stormcast Team, in collaboration with Forecaster Greg "Winterman" Jackson, is establishing the 2012 "Powderhound Team." 

    A REPORT FOR SKIERS & RIDERS: Starting with the Mid-Atlantic Winter Stormcast Page,,(on facebook), we will begin providing all our snowsports readers with direct forecasting for many of their favorite ski resorts (and ours!) Our team is passionate about more than just snow forecasting...we play in it also. Like many riders out there, we're always on the hunt for the freshest pow. Yesterday's rage against the Lake Effect machine made for winning snow at Seven Springs, Snowshoe and Wisp. 

    "WEDNESDAYS & THE WEEKEND" If you are yearning for our take on where to go for the best snow...check back later today for this new weekly feature on our page. The report, to be posted each Wednesday, will feature a weekly roundup of current resort conditions, latest snowfall, and where you might want to shred in the weekend ahead. As always, your feedback is welcome on how to stoke up this report to benefit you, your ski group or your resort.

    PAYBACKS ARE COMING: You know the winter pattern will start turning toward storm potential, so we hope you'll "stay in the know with all things snow" and stick with our Winter Stormcast Team. Riders, start waxing!

    (Forecasters Winterman, Foot and the 2012 FF Powderhound Team)

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Rage against the (Lake Effect) machine

    5:45 PM EST 1/3/12 | Forecaster Jason Warren of our Northeast Ohio page and our regionally focused Winter Stormcast | Ohio Valley page reports that several intense bands of heavy snow gripped the region throughout the day. Snow amounts of 6 to 8" fell in a few hours in some locations, as noted in the latest Cleveland, OH NWS Snow Reports. 

    Forecaster Jason W. said earlier today, 
    "Arctic air continues to pour southeastward across the area. Lake effect bands increased in intensity through the morning. Two very intense bands impacted northeastern OH. The eastern band has a strong connection to Lake Huron, and impacted eastern Lake and Ashtabula county with intense snow squalls. The western band extends from the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, SSE to the Ravenna area. This band is also producing some intense snowfall and appears to have a connection to the upper lakes as well. The western band has been oscillating east to west over the past few hours."

    This has extended the NWS Lake Effect Snow Warnings in that area until at least 7:00 PM Eastern Time. If you are traveling to or near Ohio, consider adding our pages in that region to your like list on Facebook to stay in the know with all things snow.  

    Elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic, snow squalls from the Lake Effect machine raged all the way the I-95 corridor of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington as reported by numerous reader observations in our Central Maryland page on facebook. It was wild but "not wonderful"in West Virginia today with treacherous travel as reported by Forecast Advisor Forrest Palmer in Beckley, WV.

    POST YOUR PICS! All readers are welcome to post their imagery anytime in the comments or on the facebook page of their region.

    Someone finally gets snow

    ‎8:05 AM EST 1/3/12 | HEAVY SNOW SQUALLS in WESTERN PARTS OF MD, PA AND WV CONTINUE | Heavy snow over 6" was reported in western Maryland Monday afternoon, and will continue intermittently into Tuesday for Garrett County. Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect until 4 PM Tuesday for up to 8" all of Garrett, western Cumberland county in Maryland and northern West Virginia. Some isolated areas above 1200' may receive up to 10" by daybreak in heavier snow bands that are able to cross the Alleghenies. A link to the current NWS Pittsburgh Watch/Warning Map (

    Our Three Rivers Team from Southwest Pennsylvania is covering the storm's impacts on metro Pittsburgh and that region on their facebook forecast page.

    This fluffy powder is the combined work of a strong lake effect snow machine along with several upper level short-waves of low pressure. The result is moisture from the lakes, upon reaching the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, is forced upward and enhanced by the upper-level energy passing overhead. This interaction of moisture and energy is producing intermittent but heavy snow squalls. Additional winds of 25 mph or greater have caused visibility and passability issues on many roadways in this region. Current snow reports from NWS Spotters on the Pittsburgh NWS Public Information Statement

    But, it's welcome news for Wisp Ski Resort, which is plenty pleased to see snow finally make it's way to the slopes! An Arctic Air mass behind Monday's cold front passage will help increase snow making ahead of the weekend, so Wisp Powderhounds should be able to finally enjoy shredding some fresh pow!

    (Forecasters Greg "Winterman" Jackson, Foot and the Three Rivers Team)