It is a dreary day here in Carlile, PA. We need to beat the winter storm across the center of the country, or at least beat it to central Ohio. I think we can do this; right now, the National Weather Service is calling for rain in the Pittsburgh area, though they have issued Winter Weather Advisories throughout the region. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is a mess in the winter weather, so we need to get west.
The surface observations show near-freezing temperatures, though they are all above freezing along our route. The skies will be cloudy and overcast the whole way, which sums up the weather of this entire Christmas trip thus far. It has truly been a rainy mess for the last two weeks.
The pressure chart shows the intense pressure gradient approaching from the southwest. The mid-latitude cyclone is over southwestern Missouri, but there is a large mass of precipitation ahead of the storm.
The critical thicknesses are all much farther north than our path this morning. Perhaps snow will be limited.
I am not going to spend much more time talking about the weather, as we need to get on the road.
Thank you for reading this post.
The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The forecasted upper air soundings are from TwisterData.com.
The surface observation and upper level charts are from Unisys Weather.
The satellite data is from NASA – MSFC