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January 26, 2021
❄ Models show two systems over the next several days that could, finally, deliver snow to the region in a pattern that yells snow....
Let's face it, outside of the Christmas Eve storm for central and eastern Ohio, and a southern reaching storm, snow this winter has been miserable. Most knew December would be pretty lousy, but after mid-January, things were supposed to get better. The disappointing part, most of the factors that lead to good snowfall chances are around, they just have not lined up at the right time.

Well, a storm that will start to take shape later this week has our focus. Why? A leeward side of the Rockies low pressure will redevelop. In tandem, a strong 1030+ millibar high over Canada will help dam the cold air in the region. This should lead to an over-running snow event for a good portion of the Midwest, and Ohio Valley late this weekend into early next week. These are usually the best storms for this part of the United States, so it does have our attention.

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January 26, 2021
A "table setter" disturbance should ride along a frontal boundary late Wednesday into Thursday morning. Recent trends have brought this system northward, allowing for the potential of snowfall accumulation for portions of Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, far southern Ohio, into Kentucky. It is not forecast to be a major storm, but a couple inches could cause issues at times Wednesday into Thursday. This will help mold the more substantial system for the weekend.

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