If over half a foot of snow wasn’t enough for some of ya, more snow is on the way this week for parts of the South! My oh my, how quickly the weather patterns can change. The next chance for snow arrives Thursday. A weak surface area of low pressure will move out of Texas into the South and eventually the Southeast throughout the day on Thursday. This will be paired with an upper-level system diving southeast into the Mid-South and an associated cold front. A phasing of these systems over the South will allow for a shield of precipitation to develop across the Mid-South, Tennesee Valley, South, and Southeast. Join the Firsthand Weather Supporter Group.
The precipitation will start out as rain for many areas south of I-40 but will quickly mix with snow and turn over to snow for areas as far south as northern Mississippi, northern Alabama, northern Georgia, and possibly the northern fringe of Upstate South Carolina on Thursday. Accumulations are expected with this setup. The track of the weak surface low is important in determining just how far south accumulations occur. A farther south track extends snow accumulations farther south whereas a farther north track will nudge accumulations farther north. As it looks right now, light accumulations up to 1 inch are expected for the northern two most rows of Counties as far south as Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Closer to 2 inches is possible near the Tennesse border for these states. In Georgia, above 3,000 feet, up to 4 inches is possible. Much of Tennessee Can expect 1-4 inches with higher amounts along and north of I-40. This is where isolated 5-6 inch amounts are possible. Chatanooga will likely see less than half an inch. The snow accumulations will extend into the Ohio Valley, the mountains of North Carolina, and into the Mid-Atlantic. Yes, D.C. will see another several inch of snow after such a long snow drought. It should be noted, central and northern Arkansas will see snow as well as possibly the northern fringe of Upstate South Carolina. It should also be noted, the track of the surface low should keep most of North Carolina snow-free outside of the mountains. Join the Firsthand Weather Supporter Group.
As always, this is a couple of days out so this forecast will need fine-tuning over the coming day.