More Winter Weather This Week?
Overnight Saturday into very early Sunday Morning brought a decent snow event for the mountains. As that upper level energy (upper level vorticity max) passed over the Blue Ridge it enhanced the precipitation just enough that snow showers spilled over into the Western Foothills. As quick as it started though, it stopped, as the energy moved East. A mix of rain and snow was even reported into Taylorsville and Network between 10:30pm and 11:30pm Saturday Night. No accumulations occurred outside of the mountains. The mountains above 1700ft received anywhere from a dusting to an inch. Once the elevation climbed above 2500ft an inch or two of accumulation developed. the highest elevations will likely come in with 4-5 inches of snow overnight.
The common question going around is “Is that it? Is that all we are going to get this winter?” We have been spoiled during several of the last Winters with December snow events. Climatologically that is early for our area. Over the last 30 years the most snowiest dates on record are January 16th and 17th. The month with the most snow though is February. So the best of Winter is yet to come.
Actually you may not have to wait long. We are closely monitoring a quick moving disturbance that will likely move through here on Tuesday. The timing though looks like it will not be prime for snowfall. Most of that systems energy currently looks like it will move through during the daytime hours Tuesday, the warmer parts of the day. There may be just enough cold air at the surface though to support a mix of rain and snow along and North of I-40. Unfortunately our followers in Cleveland, Lincoln, and Rutherford Counties stand the least shot of seeing any of that winter mix. In the mountains though this could prove to be another snow event. With this system I think we get snow or rain. I don’t see a freezing rain risk here or on any model. It will take some work over the next day or so to dig deeper into the model data. We will begin working on that this evening.
So there you have it. We will be watching Tuesday