Let the Thaw Begin!

Good Thursday morning everyone! I hope that you all have enjoyed the snow day. The roads are still slick in much of the forecast area, and I don't think we will see a lot of melting today, but whatever does melt will refreeze again tonight, so black ice concerns and snow covered roads will be another problem. 

Recapping the event yesterday, many of you saw more snow that we had forecasted. Our forecast for the Foothills was for 1-3" many locations saw 4-6", More the Western Piedmont areas, our forecast was 2-5" and many locations saw 3-7". So our totals were close but a little underdone. Once we get all the data in we can look into why we saw more snow than expected. My first thoughts are, the models didn't produce the moisture, that this system brought. One other key thought, the system was much slower than the models indicated. So slower storm speed, and more moisture leads to higher totals. 

 Courtesy: National Weather Service Greenville - Spartanburg 

Courtesy: National Weather Service Greenville - Spartanburg 

So looking forward, we see another January thaw begin. Not with warm temperatures, but more seasonable temperatures for mid to late January.  High pressure will move into the area creating tranquil weather for Western North Carolina. A small disturbance may pass through the area on Saturday giving us some high to mid level clouds, but that looks to be about it. We will see highs make it to the upper 40's to low 50's Friday. Low to mid 50's Saturday. Mid to Upper 50's on Sunday, a few locations may touch 60 degrees Sunday.  Seasonal like temperatures continue for much of next week.

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Weatherbell 

Our next Weather maker moves in early next week. A cold front will move through the area starting late Monday and lasting into early Tuesday Morning. It will be warm enough that this event will be all rain.

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After the front exits the area, we return to sunny skies and with daytime temps in the 40's & 50's. 

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday. Stay safe on the roadways today and tomorrow morning! 

Scotty Powell

Meteorologist 

Twitter: @ScottyPowell_WX