Good Thursday Afternoon. We are a little behind the others getting our accumulations out but we do not aim to be first to fly the flag, just the ones with the flag flying the highest at the end of the event. That being said refer back to Scotty's weather briefing this morning for full details of this weather pattern.
Models continue to align this afternoon with what will result from Friday and Friday Night's weather event. This is not going to be a classic blockbuster storm for our area by far. However, if seeing snow just in time for Christmas tickles your fancy then you are in luck.
Here is out storm overview....
Here is a look at the synoptic setup....
Our confidence is increasing....
This next graphic is one we have hesitated with raising but given that snow could fall well into the predawn areas Saturday Morning in parts of our area, mainly along and North of I-40, this could allow a little slush to build up on bridges and overpasses. Temps never really make it below 33 or 34 degrees anywhere outside the mountain areas. Ground temps are warm from recent warm weather so we do not expect many travel issues. Since there is the chance of some brief slushy build up though here is our updated Winter Storm Index.
Finally what everyone of you did was scroll straight to this map. It is important to note here that travel on roadways should be fine across our forecast area. If you like to see the snow fall but don't like it to cause problems, this is the storm for you. I doubt there will be any school closings outside the mountains though. In fact school systems really need to keep their snow days close to them this go around because the long range pattern is loaded. Just because snow is falling from the sky doesn't mean that school has to be cancelled. Roads will definately be wet through the day tomorrow but not icy unless you are in the mountains.
So that is our first call as of Noontime Thursday December 7th, 2017. Be sure to take the chance to support our education and emergency management non profit, Burke Weather, tonight at Zaxbys of Marion. A portion of what they make tonight will be donated to Burke Weather. A new update will be posted around 9:00pm tonight.