Early White Christmas

I know it’s not in our backyard but this will give you a bit of an idea of what I used to forecast for when I was working at WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi (which is about an hour SE of Memphis on the map).  This is a very strong, cold, upper level low centered just north of Memphis, near Jackson TN on I-40.

The trick for southeast US weather guys and gals is where does the center of the low track. Because it’s so intense right in the middle, the air is supercooled, literally a refrigerated column of air that is turning everything within it’s circle to snow, whereas ten miles outside the circle is a nasty mix of freezing rain and slush, ten miles outside of that, all rain. Talk about tricky!

Anyway, here is a link to what I think is one of the best weather departments in the Southeast:  ABC 33/40. James Spann is a legend in the weather world and his team runs a great weather blog. They have pics of the snow and great in-depth analysis of the situation. Enjoy!

– Chief Meteorologist  Justin Stapleton

 

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