Alright bloggers, I know a lot, if not all of you have already heard about another winter storm approaching the area as we head into this weekend. I have your details right here on JIWB. Lets get started.
First off we are in a Winter Storm Watch in effect from late Saturday night through Monday Morning for the entire viewing area!
We are expecting a winter storm packing Ice, Sleet, and Snow, to make its way into the area by as soon as tomorrow evening / night and run through Sunday. We may see a few scattered snow flurries / sleet showers as we head into late tonight however nothing really adding up to much unless you go more north into parts of Newton, or Jasper counties where snowfall around an inch is possible. Our main event will start as we head into Saturday evening / night. Take a look at this surface map below.
This is around 7:am EST Saturday showing that scattered snow / sleet mix to start things. Now take a look at how much things change as we head into Saturday night and into early Sunday morning!
This map is looking into Sunday morning around 7:am EST. You can see that wide area of heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain. This is what we will be watching over the next several hours. Right now the models are having a hard time figuring out where the sleet and snow line will set up. And believe it or not the Bufkit models which are usually pretty good at winter weather forecasting are having trouble as well. Right now I'm thinking that this surface image above is telling the story nicely. Keeping us in that mostly snow event with some sleet possible. I'm not seeing that freezing rain in our area just yet, however it's still to close to totally rule out!
I won't set anything in stone just yet with this outlook tonight as I would like to have a few more model runs under my belt, as data continues to become more clear, However I will still give you a peak into what I'm thinking snowfall - wise.
Again these numbers are far from set in stone! This is just a rough idea as of 6:30pm this evening. As this storm continues to develop I will have a much better grip on the situation and will have more solid data to give you. It's all gonna depend how much of this precipitation falls in the form of snow and how much of it falls as other types such as Sleet and Freezing rain. You can see by this model image below how close we come to sleet / freezing rain.
The weather will be different just a few short miles you travel north or south. A crazy winter storm this one will be! I will continue to keep my eye's to the sky and keep you posted! That's it for now bloggers. Stay Tuned!