>> Saturday, December 19, 2009
Here is a really nice shot this morning from up in Haywood county....
I really appreciate all of you checking in here with me. I sincerely thank all of you for all of the kind words over the past couple of weeks. I am glad folks out there find some enjoyment from my blog and videos. I enjoy doing them, and I will continue to churn them out!
Storm is pulling away from our region today and is really dumping the snow now off to our north. This was a widespread, disruptive winter storm.
Here in NC, looks like many folks in the mountains got over a foot, and the original forecast for the Triad I put out on the air Thursday morning of 5-10" looks like it did pretty well.
In the Charlotte region, Iredell and Cleveland counties got a good amount of wintry precip, Gaston county wound up with hours of freezing rain, and Charlotte itself and points eastward didn't get much, aside from some sleet mixing in from time to time. All in all, the heavier precip from the system exited the southern Piedmont before temperatures aloft cooled enough for any significant snow.
This is not a function of cold air chasing the precip. This is a case of the track of the 850mb low winding up being a bit too far north to give the southern Piedmont any significant snow. The farther north that low aloft tracked, the warmer the temps were about 5000 feet or so, so we wound up melting snow before it reached the ground. Temps here at the ground were plenty cold enough for snow.
At any rate, time to move on. As accumulation maps get put together, I will share them, probably in my video Monday morning.
Next system due in here around Christmas Eve, and it still has at least some wintry potential somewhere around the region. Will watch it over the weekend and talk much more about it when we get back into a normal routine Monday morning.
Be careful out there. Roads in the spots that saw snow are a mess this morning. And black ice will likely be a significant problem for Sunday and possibly Monday morning as well....again, mainly for the spots that have snow on the ground.
Enjoy your weekend....