The storm is beginning outside my window as there is lots of snow and the winds are starting to pick up. Click --> HERE <-- to see our local weather man talk about this brewing storm.
On the plus side the storm is bringing warmer air what has been dubbed "Chinook Winds" also known as "pineapple express" winds for it is a weather pattern of warm air and wind that come up from Hawaii and hits the coast of Alaska. These winds can come through for a few hours or a few days. The winds have caused temperature swings from -52 to +48 degrees and back again in a very short period of time.
These very warm winds carry a lot of moisture with them so we get rain on top of the snow. It often times will then freeze at night making driving, umm...interesting.
|Water vapor imagery from NOAA|
According to the meteorologist this "also happens to be a very handsome, symmetrical cyclone." I don't know about handsome but we'll see what the next few hours bring.