EVENING: Periods of Steady Snow, Heavy at Times. Temperatures in the 30s.
TONIGHT: Snow, Ending 12-2 AM. 2-5″. Lo 28.
SUNDAY: Partly Cloudy, Breezy. Hi 47.
The clouds have moved in this afternoon ahead of a system of moisture is headed our way from the Gulf of Mexico, and with our cold air in place, this moisture will likely fall as snow, but anytime we play with moisture and cold air, there is a chance that it takes a brief time to switch from rain to sleet, then to snow. With that said, there may be a brief period of mixing before we receive some evaporative cooling that will allow things to fall as just snow for the majority of this event.
Our forecast is still holding steady, according to the latest model runs. Light snow is moving west to east filling in through this evening, making for slushy accumulations by sunset. With highs in the upper 30s this afternoon, the snow may have some trouble sticking until after sunset. While it continues to snow, we will see temperatures drop as the atmosphere cools which will allow the snow to stick to the ground and increase the rate of the snow into the late evening. Our computer model forecasts do show a period of heavy wet snow developing across the area. This will make the snow fall fast and hard, and this is when we expect the bulk of the accumulation to occur.
With the chance of snow mixing with some sleet at the onset AND as the system exits, a 2-5″ range of snow & mix accumulation is likely across the Midstate. Heavier snow bursts may lead to some local areas receiving a bit more. This is typical with a quick hitting storm like this.
The brunt of this snow will occur this evening between 6-8 PM, so be advised if you do make plans tonight to take extra caution on the roads with this steady snow as travel will be tricky tonight and early tomorrow morning before cleanup.
This system is quick, and at this time we expect things to wrap up around midnight.
Things do look up, temperatures will rebound by the start of Sunday morning once the storm exits allowing highs to reach the mid to upper 40s tomorrow afternoon. The rest of next week shows a warming trend as warm air from the south is pushed our way, but with that brings the chance of showers. We will have to watch the creeks and streams closely for flooding after the snow from this event has melted. But, there are 60s in the 7-day forecast, so for those who enjoy the warmth, you’ll have something to look forward to after this snow.
Stay tuned for more updates.
-Meteorologists Ann Rodden and Dan Tomaso