Winter is taking a break, but there are some growing signals on long-range models it will come back near the end of the month or early in February. This should not be surprising -- a winter with such prolonged cold as we've had rarely fades into an early spring so early. So perhaps we can think of this as halftime in this winter season.Highs on this Monday are expected to top 60 in Roanoke for the third day in a row, with mid 50s to lower 60s across the region.
You will probably see most of any snow cover you have left disappear on Saturday, as high temperatures climb well into the 50s -- beware some icy spots in the morning, with temperatures falling back below freezing.It looks like we're entering a mild and tranquil period, with 50s to near 60 highs through the weekend, and only cooling back to the 40s to lower 50s after a midweek "cold" front of Pacific origin.
Thursday will dawn with a blanket of white 2 to 5 inches deep across much of the Roanoke and New River valleys -- more to the south and east, a little less just west and north -- and temperatures that could range from single digits to the lower teens, depending on how much clearing and calm winds we get over the snow cover to promote radiational cooling.
@wx_becks I wish there was a better way to mark something on Twitter for reference than to "like" it. There are things I want to save/remember sometimes in that I wouldn't dare "like" based on content or source. (Also hate how easy it is on phone to accidentally drag across heart icon).
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".