Sunday, February 24, 2013

Accumulating snow Mid-Week?

Current Conditions:
Mostly sunny conditions today allowed for the temperature to reach a high of 52 across the county with the low this morning being 26. Currently an upper level low is located over northern New Mexico with a ridging pattern over our area. Associated with the upper level low is moisture which is causing blizzard conditions across Oklahoma and Kansas. At the surface, low pressure is located over western Texas with a stationary front stretching from the Texas panhandle over into Missouri. High pressure is located over southeastern Ohio and West Virginia which is the reason for our mostly sunny conditions today. The temperature as of 8:30 P.M. is 37 with winds out of the Northeast at 3 mph.

Surface map valid for 7:20 P.M. on February 24, 2013.
The winds overnight will be coming out of the east and getting wrapped around the low pressure over Texas. Temperatures overnight will get down to 33 by midnight and in the morning the temperature will start out at 32 and the high will be 56. The upper level low out west will progress to the east becoming closed. The moisture with this low will increase at the 700mb level as it moves toward our area by 3:00 A.M. Tuesday. The timing of rain as of right now is 2:00 P.M. tomorrow afternoon as the low moves up toward Illinois. Moderate to heavy rain will move through the area Monday night into Tuesday.  The snow chance at this time looks very slim. There will be moisture that will wrap around Tuesday night and Wednesday and since temperatures will be at or below freezing, snow is possible. Travel problems are not anticipated at this time.  The rain totals out of this system in the end will be 0.50" or more.
NAM 6hr Accumulated Precipitation valid for 3:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
Tuesday:  High- 50  Low- 37  Rain throughout the day ending later that night.  Chance of precipitation is 80% with winds out of the south at 17 mph  with a few snow flakes Tuesday night.

Wednesday: High- 42  Low- 35   Winds out of the southwest with gusts up to 17 mph.   Slight chances of rain/snow later in the evening.  Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday:  High- 40  Low- 32  Winds out of the northeast at 14 mph.  Light rain/snow throughout the day.  Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Forecaster:  Tyler Binkley                    

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