Thursday, November 20, 2014

Whiplash Weather: Six Feet Of Snow To 58 Degrees?

Snow buried houses in West Seneca, N.Y. More snow
is falling on them today, threatening structural collapses.
Photo by Derek Gee.  
Early this morning, the lake effect snow nightmare in and around Buffalo was continuing.

At 4 a.m., Buffalo reported a thunderstorm with heavy snow as the lake effect snow band set up once again.

And once again, the snow band was slowly settling south, and is setting up over the towns just south of Buffalo today.

Great. They've already had five or six feet of snow. What's another couple of feet?

The weather drama near Buffalo is going to change dramatically this weekend, but I don't think it's going to be all that much fun.

There's already a lot of concern over structural failures because of the weight of many feet of snow on roofs. Already, there have been photos circulating on Twitter of show that had pushed against the sides of houses busting through windows and sliding glass doors.

Several feet of snow pressing against
this house in Cheektowaga, N.Y. busted
through a sliding glass door.  
By Sunday, it's supposed to rain out around Buffalo. That would add weight to the snow on roofs. Luckily, it now appears the rain won't be all that heavy.

However, temperatures by Monday will soar into the upper 50s across western New York.

That would set the stage for rapid melting and flooding in the areas that got a ton of snow. All that snow is blocking storm drains and such, too, so water will probably back up behind snow banks and snow drifts.

Definitely unpleasant to say the least.

Actually, a big chunk of the nation is about to experience weather whiplash.

Record low temperatures were reported over a wide swath of the nation, mostly east of the Mississippi River and south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Some cities reported the coldest temperatures for so early in the season.

It's about to warm up big time across much of the eastern United States, for a short while anyway. Places in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states that were in the teens Wednesday morning will get into the mid 60s to mid 70s Monday.

An outbreak of severe weather, with strong thunderstorms and maybe a few tornadoes, is likely in parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast this weekend. Severe weather is in part a product of warmth and high humidity, so there you go.
I'm thinking maybe he should have removed
the snow from the top of his car.  

It'll get cold again next week in much of the nation.

In and near Buffalo, there are hints that the lake effect snow monster could crank up again toward Thanksgiving.

It's only November and we've already had a totally crazy winter. I'm beginning to get worried about what surprises December, January and February could bring.

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