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Wind and rain, turning to light snow

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Main Threats

Today: heavy rainfall that could cause localized flooding. Strong storms. Strong, gusty winds outside of storms.

Late tonight: wintry precip that could impact travel

Sunday/Sunday night: bitter cold temps. Check on people, pets. and pipes. North winds will make it feel much colder.

Summary

Look for rain to be heavy at times today, along with a chance for thunderstorms. Some of those storms could be strong. Winds will be gusty, too, so be careful around shallow-rooted trees.

Below is the current radar (8:53 a.m.), showing plenty of rain coming. Notice the snow over western Arkansas. That is our snow for Sunday morning. Notice that it’s not much, but it could be enough to make things white, with up to a half inch of snow for the plateau by Sunday morning.

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Tonight, the arctic front moves through and changes the rain to snow. Up to a half inch of accumulation is possible, though some very isolated spots may see up to an inch, especially along and north of a line from Monterey to Livingston to Jamestown to Oneida. Sunday looks very cold, with stiff north winds and morning flurries. We may see clouds move out soon enough in the afternoon for some sun.

Sunday night will be clear and bitter cold! Some of us on the plateau will likely dip into the single digits. Please check on your neighbors, your pets, and your pipes.

That bitter cold air will be quick to move out, as we warm back up to the mid 40s for Tuesday, along with the arrival of our next chance for rain. That rain could mix with or change to light snow Tuesday night. Minor accumulations are possible.

Records

A very odd weather event occurred in New England on this day in 1810. It is referred to as the “cold day”. Gale force winds wrecked home throughout the area as a very strong cold front moved through. The front resulted in a 50-degree temperature drop in the overnight hours. Tragically, three children froze to death in Sanbornton, New Hampshire.

On this day in 1977 a very unusual weather phenomenon was observed in Homestead and Miami Beach, Florida. That unusual phenomenon is what we refer to as snow flurries here on the plateau. (ha) Can you imagine how excited those kids got!?

On this day in 1933, Giant Forest, California, located in the mountains between San Francisco and Las Vegas, picked up 60 inches of snow in just 24 hours! Can you imagine five feet of snow in just a day?! That set a 24-hour snow record for the state and is the second highest 24-hour snowfall total for the nation.

Almanac

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Record high: 63 (1974)

Record low: -11 (1994)

Today’s sunset: 4:54

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:48

Today’s day length: 10 hrs 06 mins 02 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 10 hrs 07 mins 30 secs

One Year Ago Today

This day last year sure wasn’t anything compared to today! The high was 46 degrees, after a bitter cold start of 13 degrees. No precipitation fell, winds were calm, and skies were fair all day.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: waxing gibbous (#4 below)

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Well, you won’t be able to see anything tonight in that sky, no matter how hard you look up (ha). However, skies are expected to clear out in time for our total lunar eclipse Sunday night! The eclipse will last 62 minutes, starting at 10:41 CST. The moon will be a supermoon, meaning it will appear slightly larger than usual. The times on the graphic below are in eastern time. I’ll send out a blog post to remind you to go out and look up. Be sure to dress warmly! It’s going to be very cold! Again, this is Sunday night.

With many schools being closed on Monday, it will be alright for the kids to stay up late and watch it, right? ha

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News

This storm system today is very dynamic and strong. We should be thankful for all this morning rain. Had it not been for this rain keeping us stable, we would most certainly be looking at a tornado outbreak across our region. As it is, the atmosphere is more stabilized because of this rain. Never the less, the Storm Prediction Center nudged the tornado threat northward this morning and it now includes the southernmost counties of Tennessee. That still leaves us out of the threat, thankfully, but reminds us of how fortunate we are to be rain-cooled this morning.

You all have a great day! I’ll send out updates later today as I track that snow line across the region. No wintry weather is expected in our neck of the woods until at least 10:00 p.m.  So far, we remain free of any advisories, but they are close by. I do expect winter weather advisories to be issued for the plateau later today to account for slick roads Sunday morning. Stay tuned.

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