Monday, January 24, 2022

Saying goodbye to GG. More snow on the way for us...

It was a sad week last week, saying goodbye to Dawn's grandma. We called her GG for Great Grandma. This photo is from last year at a wedding. She was a ray of life and her two pillars in life were her faith and her family. 
I signed up for the Rocks and Roots 50k race last weekend. I found out during loop 3 of 5 about GG's passing and called to talk to my wife and could tell she was very upset. She insisted that I finish, but family always comes first, so I went home to be with her and family. I will be back in February to run the second Rocks and Roots race, for their winter trail series. No snow on the the ground last weekend...

Quite different this weekend. I ran around Quarry Trails with a friend yesterday. It was fun running in the light snow. 
The kids and I did go sledding last week. They were quarantined due to COVID, so no kids on the sledding hill, while school was in session!
We spent a lot of time in the snow last week, actually. Not for too long, but I am glad they are willing to go outside and enjoy winter.
We have also spent a lot of time inside as well. I am teaching Summer to play chess with No Stress Chess. We get pretty competitive and we are splitting the wins now. 
Hopefully we can get more snow to make the sledding conditions great!
You may remember a blog entry I wrote a few weeks ago. I looked back at the abnormally very warm December and the top 4 other warmest Decembers were all followed by less snow than normal. This month looks to be much of the same. We have only picked up 2.9" of snow so far and we normally average 9.5" of snow in January, in Columbus, Ohio. 
Another clipper system will bring another round of light snow today. The early morning commute will be dry, but be mindful of slick spots from Sunday’s snow. Today we will see another round of light snow showers for the late morning through the middle of the afternoon. 

Generally 1”-2” of snow today and less to the south because it will be warmer for the chance of some wintry mix and even some rain possible. 
Temps are in the teens now and will warm slowly through the day and we will get our high temperature in the evening, around 34, then temps fall fast overnight once a cold front swings through. Winds will be out of the south today, helping to warm us up, then change to the northwest overnight once the cold front swings through. A few flurries possible Tuesday, but generally dry, with morning temps in the teens and warming into the mid 20s. We will have a mix of sun & clouds Tuesday. Colder Wednesday with partly cloudy skies. Morning temps in the single digits on Wednesday and a high of 19. Similar on Thursday morning, but we do warm up more to around 30 for the high. By Friday we will have another clipper with some light snow showers. The Friday snow does look to arrive in the morning/midday, so earlier than today’s snow. Highs in the upper 20s on Friday then dry Saturday with mid 20s for highs. By Sunday we warm to the mid 30s with mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance for light snow late. Long-term outlooks are indicating highs above freezing next week for some slow melting as we head into the start of February. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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