No major threats in sight
The rain has returned and it’s not in any hurry to leave. We’re not looking for anything too heavy, though we could hear rumble of thunder from time to time. If you find yourself under one of those storms you could pick up a quick downpour.
The rain should taper off Saturday night, but we may still have a shower or sprinkle hanging around through early Sunday.
The center of the upper-level low will move across the southern half of the state Saturday and Saturday night. Because of these types of systems having so much cold air with them in the upper-levels of the atmosphere (not at the surface), there could be some wet snow flakes mixed in with the rain for folks across Bledsoe and Van Buren counties Saturday evening/night. No accumulation is expected at this time, due to warmer surface temperatures.
The sun returns for Monday and Tuesday. Notice temps don’t drop too much behind this system. In fact, both temperatures and precipitation for the rest of December are looking above average.
It was a wild weather day in Montana on this day in 1924. The passage of a very strong cold front led to an 84-degree temperature plunge! After a high of 61 degrees, the temperature plunged to 21 below zero at Fairfield, Montana in only 12 hours!
Lordy mercy! I thought the weather changed fast around here!
On a very different note, this day in 1987 brought severe thunderstorms to parts of the Mississippi River Valley. A powerful tornado barreled into West Memphis during the evening, killing six and injuring 200 others. By the time the tornado was through with its rampage, 1,500 people were left homeless. That’s a lot of people without homes right at the holidays and at the beginning of winter.
The storm knocked out power to every single resident of Crittendon County, Arkansas located just west of Memphis.
Just 450 miles up the road, the same storm system dropped 10.8 inches of snow on Kansas City, Missouri, establishing a new 24-hour snow record for that city.
Day Length: 9 hrs 44 mins
Tomorrow’s Day Length: 9 hrs 43 mins
One year ago today
It was a cold, cloudy day on the plateau this time last year. A high of 41 degrees was reported, after the morning started off at 27 degrees. There was no precipitation. The highest wind speed was 16 mph. The sky condition for most of the day was cloudy.
Folks across the Carolinas are bracing for flooding, as the system that affects us this weekend really intensifies off the coast. To make matters worse, many parts of western North Carolina are still dealing with snow melt from last weekend’s historic snow storm. To further complicate matters, soils are still super saturated from Hurricane Florence and the record rainfall that storm brought to the state. Florence shattered all precipitation records for the state, setting a whole new standard for flooding.
Below is a map of flood watches, in dark green, stretching all across the Carolinas and Virginia.
You all have a great day!