Afternoon Update: Record low and coastal snow

The NWS has confirmed that Crossville broke a record low this morning when we dropped to 1 degree at 6:35 a.m.  The previous record was 3 degrees set in 1977.

We have managed to climb to 28 at 1:55 this afternoon, and that will be our high for today. We’ve already dropped down to 27 and it’s all downhill from here!  We should bottom out at 5 degrees again tonight.

I mentioned in this morning’s blog that an usual coastal storm will be developing for the Southeast tonight. This afternoon, NWS offices began issuing winter storm warnings for portions of northern Florida, southeast Georgia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Ice to one tenth of an inch and snowfall of 3-5 inches is possible in many of the areas in the warnings. Snow in northern Florida?! And the Outer Banks?! This winter is getting a little too crazy! ha

More winter storm warnings will be issued as the evening goes along. The storm is expected to strengthen and have the barometric pressure of a cat one or two hurricane as it moves just offshore the US East Coast. At some point, it may even form an eye, as other powerful Nor’easters have done in the past. This is definitely a storm you’re going to hear more about this week!

I still think we’ll see some flurries Thursday morning, much like what we got yesterday morning.

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One model’s forecast of snowfall for Thursday morning. Look at all the snow on the coast! I circled the Cumberland Plateau. This model shows as much as a dusting, which is certainly realistic.

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