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Tightening The Grip

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Lest you forget - after today's melting and thawing under all that glorious sun - it's still winter. And Old Man Winter is about to put the squeeze on us as we enter a very active pattern.

We have just enough time to catch our breath from yesterday's bout of snow before this one races in. Heavy snow has been hammering the likes of Kansas City and St. Louis all day. Snowfall rates peaked at 1-2 inches per hour - telling us this storm is already mature, efficient, and strong.

That snow will land in our laps first thing tomorrow morning. Right after the first flakes hit, we'll see heavy snow filling in right behind. No lines, no waiting. My thinking now is that between 80-90% of the snow in the shading of pink will fall before lunchtime!

In purple, however, 70% of the snow falls in the first half of the day and the rest in the second. Pacing will be intense at first, then let up in the afternoon. That's not to say that the storm quiets down in the afternoon. We'll still be seeing snow showers and some mix, but with temperatures in the low to mid 30s, there's not much accumulation at play here.

Post storm cleanup is cold, but NOT bitter. I don't see any arctic air plunging into New England anytime soon. That said, we're still plenty cold. As we found this morning, single digits are easy to find the morning after a fresh snow. Same goes for Thursday and Friday morning. Numbing starts, then a fine afternoon recovery. Sun is stronger now, and we'll really feel it come on late week.

Drink it in, there may be another storm brewing for late Sunday & early Monday. We aren't sounding the alarms just yet, since the weather models are playing games with the track. Just keep your eyeballs here.

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