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>> Friday, December 08, 2017


Snow event for many in the region

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Minor bout with snow still possible

>> Thursday, December 07, 2017

A frontal boundary remains stalled out just off the Carolina coast and extending down into the northern Gulf of Mexico. Along that front, an area of low pressure continues to develop in the northwestern Gulf, and extensive precipitation extended from Texas into portions of Louisiana, southern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the eastern Carolinas early Thursday.
As that low develops and moves to a position off of the Carolina coast by early Saturday, that shield of precipitation will pivot back to the northwest. For the piedmont and foothill zones of North Carolina, look for the potential for a mixture of rain and snow to arrive late tonight into Friday morning, and then as we get deeper into Friday and Friday evening, snow could become the primary precipitation type in many locations north and west of a Monroe to Durham line. The precipitation will then taper off late Friday night into Saturday morning.
This should be a pretty minor event. However, there is the chance for some small snow accumulations, mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces. Some areas will not have any snow accumulation at all. Ground temperatures will be warm, air temperatures will remain a bit above freezing for most of the event, and rain could remain mixed in with the snow. But some spots will likely have the ground whitened with a dusting to a slushy inch of snow, again, mainly on elevated surfaces. It is possible a few isolated locations pick up slightly more than that. 
Cold air will take over for the weekend with highs struggle to make it out of the 30s Sunday. Another shot of cold air is still due in here for the middle of next week as well. 
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Cold is here.... what about snow chances?

>> Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Our much-talked about pattern change has occurred, and we will have lots of below average temperatures right on through next week. Highs will only be in the upper 40s Thursday, and then highs could struggle to reach 40 Friday and Sunday. Another shot of cold air arrives next week, primarily focused around late Tuesday through Thursday. That blast of cold air looks even colder than what will settle in for the weekend.
You have likely heard folks discussing the prospects of snow in the Carolinas. Here's the deal. A frontal boundary will remain draped just offshore through Saturday. Occasional waves of low pressure will ride along that front and try to throw areas of precipitation northwestward into the interior Carolinas at times. For our area, I expect most of that precipitation to remain south and east of the piedmont through Thursday, but on Thursday night, Friday, and Friday night, the next wave of low pressure could be strong enough to throw that precip up our way. 
As the cold air continues to deepen over the Carolinas, precipitation that falls from Thursday night through Friday night could fall in the form of snow, at least at times. At this point, I favor the idea of only minor snow accumulation potential due to initially warm ground conditions and likely fairly light precipitation rates. In fact, it is possible the bulk of the precipitation remains suppressed to the south. However, there are some models that are stronger with the system and heavier with the precipitation, so we will keep an eye on it.
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Pattern change underway... snow potential later this week???

>> Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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