If you’re a skier from MASH (aka Mid-Atlantic Ski Hell) like me, you’ve done some white knuckled storm chasing up through the Hudson Valley.
This afternoon was a challenging drive. Before leaving, I knew I had to drive through freezing rain warnings. There was ice on the trees and my antenna. But somehow the road never got slick. The ground was warm enough and the airtemp was not that cold either. The storm shown on the NWS county map…there were 2 counties I had to pass through with freezing rain warnings and Northern Warren County is right in the center of the Winter Storm Warning area. It’s a classic type for me.
It actually all started for me with St Patricks Day 2007. I drove up in 3 consecutive storms that season to get some great skiing. The way the storms work, if there is going to be significant potential for snow in the Adirondacks, there’s also a really good chance that the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico are involved.
A storm with good potential for Gore or Whiteface is quite probably pouring a cold rain in New Jersey. And somewhere between here and there there’s a transition zone. Sometimes the precip will basically go from rain to rain/snow to snow. That’s really no problem. Sleet can really jam up your windshield if you don’t have a strategy for keeping it clear. Freezing rain can mean really long delays or worse.