Winter Weather Alert for 1/6/10

Not so fast there Sparky, put down them tire chains. A cold front will sweep across the State quickly Thursday night and clear the coast Friday morning. This front will have the ingredients to produce a few rogue snow flurries. Emphasis on flurries with little to no accumulation. Emphasis on little to no. Dynamics for more substantial snow making will be well north over the Ohio River Valley while the grunch (technical term…) of GoMex moisture remains well south over the Florida Panhandle. Models have all come to close  agreement for this event.

Expect a rain-snow mix to begin over the Upstate after sunset Thursday gradually changing over to just light snow as the front rumbles across the State. Given the moisture-starved front hard pressed to see accumulations over a half inch at worst. Prefer the term dusting. Not too keen on the 1+ inch accumulation being spewed by some of the TV talking heads. Best bet for any decent accumulation will be over the mountains of the other Carolina and Tennessee.  Only local concern would be for the Coastal Counties when the flurries will coincide with the morning commute, with a few slick spots on untreated bridges and that knucklehead driving 20 mph down the center lane of the interstate with the flashers on.

More frigid arctic air for the weekend. Charming.

You may now rush out and load up an bread and milk. (What kind of crazy sandwich is that?)

National Weather Service weather chart for Thursday evening:


Mark Malsick

Severe Weather Liaison

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

State Climate Office

1000 Assembly Street Columbia, SC 29202


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