Last winter Clarke County struggled with snow. Lots of snow. But this winter’s story, so far anyway, has been the prolonged and sometimes extreme temperatures. But things could be worse, just ask the residents in upstate New York.
Temperatures this morning across our region were in the single digits for the second time over the last three days. Winchester Airport reported 8 degrees at 8:00 am while Godfrey Field Airport in Leesburg, Virginia reported 9 degrees.
In Clarke County just north of Mount Weather the morning low temperature was 7 degrees.
Our cold temperatures here seem warm in comparison to regions to our north. Residents of Saranac Lake, New York, just west of Lake Placid, woke to thermometer readings of -35 degrees. Today’s daytime high for Saranac Lake is only forecast to reach 3 degrees. By contrast, afternoon highs in Berryville are expected to reach a blistering 30 degrees this afternoon.
Clarke County residents should stay mindful of the impact of cold temperature on animals outdoors. Pets burn food calories to create body. Make sure that outdoors pets have plenty of food and a shelter that protects the animal from windchill. Also, make sure that animals have a liquid source of water that is not frozen.
Temperatures will warm tomorrow but the southerly wind flow will also pump moist air from the Gulf of Mexico into our region. A weather front will then create the probability of snow and sleet beginning Tuesday night through Wednesday morning creating yet another difficult trip for commuters.
The National Weather Service Forecast:
Tuesday Night: A chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. East wind at 5 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday: Snow likely before noon, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 35. North wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night: A chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 40%.