Heavy Snow Threat Continues From Kansas To Washington DC This Weekend
Praedictix Briefing: Saturday, January 12th, 2019
- Snow continues to fall this morning from the Central Plains into the Ohio Valley. The heaviest snow has been reported in and around the St. Louis area, with some locations already reporting over a foot of snow.
- Snow - heavy at times - as well as some icing will continue across the mid-Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys today, working its way further into the Mid-Atlantic today and tonight. Wintry precipitation will continue across the region into Sunday as well.
- The heaviest additional snow totals (3-7”) are expected to fall from Missouri into the Ohio River Valley as well as into parts of eastern West Virginia into Virginia and the D.C. metro.
- Ice of up to a third of an inch could cause power outages and make travel nearly impossible from northwestern South Carolina across parts of western and central North Carolina into southeastern Virginia. The best icing potential will be late today into early Sunday.
Morning Radar. Snow, heavy at times, continues to fall from parts of the Central Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley this morning. Some snow has also started to fall across parts of the Mid-Atlantic states as well.
Snow Totals So Far. Some of the heaviest snow has fallen in the St. Louis and Columbia, MO, areas with this storm. As of 6 AM, 14.5” had fallen at the Columbia airport and 9.8” was reported at the St. Louis airport. 13.5” of snow had also been reported in Williamsburg, MO. Meanwhile, some 5-8” totals have been reported around and just south of Kansas City and 1-2.5” of snow has been reported so far around Indianapolis.
Snow And Ice Threat Continues. Snow and ice will continue to impact areas from the Central Plains into the Ohio River Valley today, falling heavily at times. While precipitation will taper off in the Central Plains throughout the day, it will spread into the Mid-Atlantic impacting parts of the region heavily tonight into Sunday. Wintry precipitation will still linger into the second half of the weekend, however, further west back toward St. Louis.
As this snow and ice impacts areas from the Central Plains to the Mid-Atlantic, the latest road conditions will be able to be found on the following local DOT websites:
- Kansas: http://www.kandrive.
- Missouri: http://traveler.
- Iowa: http://www.511ia.org/
- Illinois: https://www.
- Indiana: http://pws.
- Kentucky: https://
- Ohio: http://www.ohgo.com/
- West Virginia: http://wv511.org/
- Virginia: http://www.
Winter Weather Alerts. Due to the snow and ice potential, numerous winter weather alerts - including Winter Storm Warnings - are in place from the Central Plains into the Mid-Atlantic. Looking at some of the locations under winter weather alerts this morning:
- Hays, KS: Winter Storm Warning through 9 AM Saturday for total snow accumulations of 6-8”.
- Omaha, NE: Winter Weather Advisory through 6 PM Saturday for an additional 1-2” of snow.
- Kansas City, MO: Winter Storm Warning through 6 PM Saturday for an additional 2-4” of snow leading to totals of 6-9”.
- Des Moines, IA: Winter Weather Advisory through 6 PM Saturday for an additional 1-3" of snow.
- St. Louis, MO: Winter Storm Warning through 6 AM Sunday for an additional 5-8” of snow leading to totals of 10-15” as well as a light glaze of ice.
- Springfield, IL: Winter Storm Warning through 6 AM Sunday for 6-12” of snow.
- Chicago, IL: Winter Weather Advisory through 3 AM Sunday for 2-4” of snow.
- Indianapolis, IN: Winter Storm Warning through 7 AM Sunday for total snow of 5-7" and a light glaze of ice.
- Cincinnati, OH: Winter Storm Warning through 7 AM Sunday for 3-6" of snow.
- Charleston, WV: Winter Weather Advisory through Noon Sunday for 1-4" of snow.
- Roanoke, VA: Winter Storm Warning from 1 PM Saturday to 7 PM Sunday for a combined 3-6" of snow and sleet.
- Richmond, VA: Winter Storm Warning from 4 PM Saturday to 1 AM Monday for 3-5" of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice.
- Washington D.C.: Winter Storm Warning from 4 PM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday for 3-6” of snow.
- Charlotte, NC: Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM Saturday to 7 PM Sunday for up to two-tenths of an inch of ice.
- Greensboro, NC: Winter Storm Warning from 6 PM Saturday to 6 PM Sunday for up to three-tenths of an inch of ice.
Additional Snow Totals. Over the next 24 hours, an additional 3-6” of snow is expected to fall from Missouri into the Ohio River Valley. This means overall snow totals of a foot or more are possible in St. Louis from this system. Across the Mid-Atlantic, snow totals of 3-7” will be possible across parts of eastern West Virginia into Virginia, as well as into the Washington D.C. area. This snow will impact roads across the region, leading to difficult travel conditions.
Additional Ice Totals. The greatest icing potential will be from northwestern South Carolina across parts of western and central North Carolina into southeastern Virginia. In these areas, ice of up to a third of an inch could fall, with the greatest risk of ice occurring late today through the Sunday morning hours. This ice could cause power outages and tree damage as well as making travel difficult to nearly impossible. Meanwhile, some icing up to about a tenth of an inch is still possible over the next 24-36 hours across parts of the mid-Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, Praedictix
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By Paul Douglas
"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water" mused Carl Reiner. There's something intrinsically democratic about snow. It doesn't discriminate. Flakes from on high don't care where you live, income, height or general disposition. Old Man Winter (mis)treats everyone equally. No special favors.
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SUNDAY: Few sunny peeks. Dry. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 32.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and quiet. Winds: SSW 5. Low: 25.
MONDAY: Patchy clouds. Mild for January. Winds: W 5-10. High: 36.
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, wind chill on hold. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 24. High: 38.
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun. Colder breeze. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 17. High: 27.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Temps near average. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 19. High: 24.
FRIDAY: Peeks of sun. A cold wind. Winds: N 8-13. Wake-up: 9. High: 17.
SATURDAY: Bright sunshine. Chilliest day yet. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: -2. High: 10.
This Day in Weather History
1916: The high temperature in the Twin Cities only reaches a frigid -14 degrees.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 23F (Record: 48F set in 1987)
Average Low: 7F (Record: -30F set in 1916)
Record Rainfall: 0.37" set in 1881
Record Snowfall: 6.0" set in 1967
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~9 hours & 6 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 1 minute & 39 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~ 20 minutes
Moon Phase for January 13th at Midnight
0.0 Days Since First Quarter Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
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7 Day Precipitation Potential
According to NOAA's WPC, the 7 day precipitation potential suggests heavy precipitation continuing in the Western US with several inches of liquid possible along the coast and in the higher elevations! There also appears to be more heavy precipitation across parts of the Southern US, where areas of heavy rain and snow will be possible.
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