We’re in a pattern where cold air can easily make it’s way southward, and we’ll be in this pattern for at least another week. This is also a dry pattern and that will really limit any winter precip chances. We may get another shot at wintry precip on Tuesday of next week, followed by another shot on Friday. That’s too far out to get specific about anything but it’s definitely something I’m keeping an eye on.
One thing to keep in mind on Saturday is that the winds will be gusty from the north. While our air temp will be in the mid 30s, it will feel several degrees colder with that breeze. If you’re headed out to any Christmas parades be sure and keep that in mind as you dress for the weather.
You remember that front that came through here and brought us a rainy day Tuesday? Well, it stalled along the Gulf Coast. Precip continues to stream along that front to our south and, as temps fall into the 30s tonight, areas from Jackson, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama may get some light snow! Winter weather advisories have been issued for those folks tonight. Now, after living in central Mississippi for several years I can tell you that those folks lose their minds when a snowflake even thinks about falling from the sky! (ha) You think people get excited here? Go down south and you’ll really think people are crazy when it comes to snow. But, you can’t blame them. Snow is rather rare for those folks. We didn’t even have a way of treating roads in Starkville, except for sand they’d throw on bridges. The best part about Deep South snow is that no matter what you get, it’s always gone by the afternoon.
If you really want some good snow, the Great Lakes are really cranking out the lake-effect snow. The first significant lake-effect event is occurring today and tomorrow, with up to 2 feet of snow south of Buffalo, New York. All the Great Lakes are getting lake-effect snow, but Lake Erie and Ontario (western New York state) are the ones with the most significant accumulation. Lake-effect snow is a very dry snow and so it settles, evaporates, and melts very easily. Plus, if you’re in the lake-effect zones, your temps aren’t as cold as areas near you that may be clear. Those clear night skies allow the temps to drop rapidly. If you’re cloudy and getting lake-effect snow, your temps modify and aren’t quite as cold. You just have a lot of snow to shovel! ha
The big headline continues to be the fires in southern California. The highest level of fire threat has been issued today. This fire event is one of the worst in California state history and it is far from over. The only good news today is that models predicted higher winds this morning than what they received, giving fire fighters a bit of a break.
There’s a lot going on in the weather these days and that’s keeping us busy! Last week was so quiet across the country but we’re making up for that this week.
I’ll leave you with this thought. At this time yesterday on Thompson Pass, Alaska a storm moved in that dropped 15 inches of snow in 90 minutes! Can you imagine how hard it must have been snowing?! Can you imagine Crossville if that much snow fell that fast?! I guess we can only dream, right? 🙂
I took this pic from the house this morning as I headed out to work. I thought it was a pretty cool view. Cloudy on one side, partly cloudy on the other. Now this is how a meteorologist likes to start his day!