Blanket of snow may be winter’s parting gift
In wintertime Washington, anticipation has been growing in the two opposing camps: in one those wishing for one good snowfall before season’s end, and in the other those hoping spring arrived before another flake could fall.
It became clear that this week would answer one of this winter’s major meteorological questions: whether Washington was finally to see substantial snow.
As National Weather Service forecasters said Saturday in a discussion of their predictions, “All eyes continue to be on Monday night/Tuesday.”
That is the period around which hopes and fears revolved.
Then about 8 p.m. Saturday, the Weather Service weighed in, with a significant statement. Putting the region formally on notice, the Weather Service issued a winter storm watch to be in force from Monday evening to Tuesday afternoon.
The watch, in this case, meant essentially that the potential existed for five or more inches of snow in 12 hours during the period.
Such a storm, the Weather Service said, had the potential of making many roads impassible, and could produce power outages, as a result of heavy snow on tree limbs and power lines.
Citing possible northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph, and temperatures in the lower 30s, the watch appeared likely to buoy the hopes of those who have nurtured a wish to see true winter here.
At the same time, the anticipated storm could promote a new respect for the whims of nature.
After all, would it not seem odd, many might ask, if after daylight saving time began, sunlight increased and the spring equinox approached, more snow fell in a few hours than the 1.4 inches measured in Washington for the entire winter?