Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Melting away

Generally two to six inches of snow has fallen across the region today, and the winter storm warning remains in effect. If it was about 3 degrees colder, there would be a lot more snow on the ground than their actually is. My best guess is that about 4 to 5 inches has fallen here in the valley, but it has been melting almost as fast as it has been falling. This is common in an April snowstorm. Areas on the ridges, where it is a few degrees colder, have received a lot more snow than the valleys. According to the National Weather Service, 7 inches has accumulated in Viroqua, while only 1.5 inches has fallen in Chaseburg. This is a classic spring snowstorm in which more snow has actually fallen than it appears. There is currently a lull in the snow here, but it should be around periodically for the rest of the day. Most areas will probably be on the low end of the projected accumulations, but overall this was a pretty accurate forecast, given how difficult it is to predict these April storms.

Good news: it now appears that the storm for this weekend will stay well to our south, so we will be lucky if we get any precipitation out of it. And it might warm up next week...

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