Record Alaskan Warmth and Rains Trigger Huge Avalanche That Isolates Valdez

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 9:06 PM GMT on January 27, 2014

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If you're wondering where California's missing precipitation has been going, look northwards to the south and southeast coasts of Alaska. The remarkably persistent ridge of high pressure that has blocked rain from falling in California during January has shunted all the rain-bearing low pressure systems northward, bringing exceptionally warm and wet weather to coastal Alaska. Heavy rains, snows, and warm temperatures helped trigger a‪ series of huge avalanches that began on Friday, which blocked a 52-mile long section of the ‬Richardson Highway, the only road into Valdez, Alaska (population 4,000), located about 120 miles east of Anchorage. The avalanches, called some of the largest avalanches ever observed in the region, blocked the Lowe River in Keystone Canyon, creating a large backup of water behind the snow and ice dam. The water level is slowly dropping, but a Flash Flood Watch has been posted for the region in case the avalanche dam suddenly releases. The highway is expected to be cleared no earlier than February 2, according to the city of Valdez website. Extra marine ferries will be running during the blockage to provide supplies to Valdez.


Figure 1. ‪The ‬Richardson Highway, the only road into Valdez, Alaska, lies blocked by a massive avalanche in this January 25, 2014 photo from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Record warmth and precipitation in Alaska
As of January 26, 13.83" of precipitation had fallen in Valdez during the month of January. This is more than 8" above average for this point in the month, and close to the all-time record for January precipitation of 15.18", set in 2001 (records go back to 1972.) With more rain on the way Monday and Tuesday, this record could easily fall. Numerous locations in Southeast Alaska have beaten their rainiest January day on record marks.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt has much more detail on the record Alaska January warmth in his latest post, Record Warmth in Alaska Contrasts Cold Wave in Eastern U.S. A few highlights:

- Temperatures of up to 40° above normal occurred across the interior and West Coast of Alaska on Sunday. Bolio Lake Range Complex in Fort Greely, Alaska, located about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, hit 60°. This is only 2° short of the all-time state January heat record of 62° set at Petersburg in 1981.

- At 10pm local time Sunday in Homer, Alaska, the temperature was 54°. This was warmer than any location in the contiguous U.S., except for Southern Florida and Southern California. The 55° high in Homer on Sunday broke their all-time monthly record by 4°.

- All-time January heat records have been set in 2014 in Nome, Denali Park, Palmer, Homer, Alyseka, Seward, and Talkeetna.


Video 1. ‪Valdez Alaska: Massive Avalanche and ice dam in Keystone Canyon‬. This clip shows a flyover of the avalanche in Keystone Canyon blocking the Lowe River, 1/26/2014. Video courtesy of Vertical Solutions.

Jeff Masters

Crystal 'Nails' (katy99780)
Itty bitty frozen tacks... a coating of fragile frosty shards on everything this morning, giving the glaze of ice a bit of crunchy texture.
Crystal 'Nails'
Thawing Arctic (katy99780)
Smashed all-time high temperature records today, 42 F (6C). Another night of freezing drizzle, our world is glazed in ice.
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Heatwave (bananabender)
OK, may we please have our winter back now?
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944. GeorgiaStormz
4:46 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
I have a dusting
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943. ScottLincoln
4:38 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 926. etxwx:


Thanks for the help, Scott. It never occurred to me to send in reports from out here in the boondocks but I will now.

Especially away from populated areas... that's where we'd need the reports the most because it is much less likely we'll have news media, emergency managers, or police officers in the area to report inclement weather and/or weather-related damage.
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942. weathermanwannabe
4:08 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Light freezing rain just starting to reach the Western Florida Panhandle.....I would stay off of the roads and especially I-10; the Florida stretch is poorly drained in many areas and puddles up during heavy rains causing hydro-sliding a many locations.  Those same spots are going to freeze overnight.

I-10 might not be where to want to driving between later today and into tomorrow unless you a comfortable slipping and sliding on the free-way.
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941. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:04 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
940. WDEmobmet
4:04 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 939. hurricanehunter27:
Haha. The second the clock it 11 I started to receive steady light snow. NWS got the timing down to a second.


????? Its not 11 o'clock yet. :)
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939. hurricanehunter27
4:02 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Haha. The second the clock it 11 I started to receive steady light snow. NWS got the timing down to a second.
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938. WDEmobmet
4:00 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Light accumulation of Freezing rain in Mobile

edit--- I see where someone else already beat me to it... Why can i not upload photos from facebook anymore. I guess i need to find another photo site to embed



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937. ncstorm
3:59 PM GMT on January 28, 2014


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0037
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0523 AM CST TUE JAN 28 2014

AREAS AFFECTED...SOUTHEAST TX...CENTRAL AND SRN LA...SRN MS...SRN
AL...AND PART OF WRN FL PANHANDLE

CONCERNING...WINTER MIXED PRECIPITATION

VALID 281123Z - 281630Z

SUMMARY...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO TRANSITION TO MAINLY
SLEET ALONG A CORRIDOR FROM SOUTHEAST TX INTO CENTRAL LA BY 12Z WITH
SLEET PERSISTING THROUGH THE MORNING. A SIMILAR TRANSITION IS
EXPECTED TO OCCUR EWD OVER MUCH OF SRN MS AND EVENTUALLY INTO SRN AL
BY 18Z AS PRECIPITATION BEGINS IN THESE AREAS FROM W-E.

MEANWHILE...FREEZING RAIN WITH RATES OF 0.05-0.1 INCH PER 3 HOURS IS
EXPECTED TO BECOME THE PRIMARY PRECIP-TYPE AFTER 15Z OVER SOUTH
CENTRAL TO SERN LA...EXCLUDING AREAS CLOSER TO THE COAST IN SERN
LA...WITH FREEZING RAIN ALSO THE PRIMARY THREAT OVER FAR SERN
MS...FAR SWRN-SRN AL AND ADJACENT WRN FL PANHANDLE. FAR SERN
LA...CLOSER TO THE COAST...SHOULD BE REMAIN RAIN THROUGH 18Z AS
SURFACE TEMPERATURES PERSIST ABOVE 32 F.

DISCUSSION...SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED A MIDLEVEL IMPULSE LOCATED
OVER E TX/NRN LA EARLY THIS MORNING WITH THIS FEATURE EXPECTED TO
SHIFT EWD THROUGH 18Z ACROSS THE LOWER MS VALLEY. A 06Z RESEARCH
SOUNDING AT TEXAS A&M /COLLEGE STATION TX/ INDICATED A WARM LAYER
BETWEEN APPROXIMATELY 750-850 MB WITH THE 800 MB TEMPERATURE AT +6-7
C. UPWARD VERTICAL MOTION ATTENDANT TO THE MIDLEVEL IMPULSE AND
LOWER LEVEL ISENTROPIC UPGLIDE HAVE RESULTED IN A SATURATION PROCESS
BELOW 850 MB. EVAPORATIVE COOLING WITHIN AN INITIALLY DRIER...COLD
AIR MASS HAS RESULTED IN LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AT THE PRESENT TIME
OVER PARTS OF SOUTHEAST TX INTO CENTRAL LA. AS THE MIDLEVEL IMPULSE
SHIFTS EWD THIS MORNING...LOW LEVEL COLD ADVECTION SHOULD RESULT IN
A VERTICAL THERMODYNAMIC PROFILE MORE CONDUCIVE TO SLEET THAN
FREEZING RAIN FROM SOUTHEAST TX THROUGH SWRN-CENTRAL LA. A SIMILAR
TRANSITION FROM FREEZING RAIN TO SLEET IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR FARTHER
EWD OVER SRN MS TO SWRN AL BETWEEN 15-18Z.

MEANWHILE...THE PRIMARY PRECIP-TYPE WITHIN A NARROW CORRIDOR FROM
SOUTH CENTRAL TO SERN LA THROUGH FAR SERN MS...AND FAR SWRN-SRN AL
AND ADJACENT WRN FL PANHANDLE IS EXPECTED TO BE FREEZING RAIN. LOW
LEVEL WAA SHOULD BE PROLONGED THROUGH THE MORNING ACROSS THESE
AREAS...WITH EVAPORATIVE COOLING RESULTING IN FREEZING RAIN AS
SURFACE TEMPERATURES COOL TO SUB-FREEZING WET BULB TEMPERATURES
ALREADY PRESENT.

..PETERS.. 01/28/2014


ATTN...WFO...TAE...BMX...MOB...JAN...LIX...LCH...S HV...HGX...

LAT...LON 30529479 31049343 31519180 31749060 31858916 32278784
32238626 31418550 30688640 30328715 30228885 29868992
29609066 29489163 29579264 29769347 29589430 29519468
29589502 30089538 30529479
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936. 1900hurricane
3:58 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
All I got was ice. Campus is still open too.
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935. ncstorm
3:56 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
from the NWS, Wilmington, NC..Meterologists that are having to forecast for the coastal areas of SC/NC are putting those skills to work..

THE WINTER STORM WARNING CONTINUES THROUGH THE NEAR TERM. THE VERY
DEFINITION OF THE TERM WINTRY MIX WILL BE ON DISPLAY TODAY AS A
RATHER COMPLEX SITUATION PLAYS ITSELF OUT. THE BIG PICTURE HAS A
STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT NOW WELL OFFSHORE. GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO
INDICATE THAT IT WILL STALL WELL OFFSHORE AS A SERIES OF WEAK LOWS
FORM ALONG THE BOUNDARY AND MOVE TO THE NORTHEAST. LOW LEVEL FLOW
POST-FROPA OVER THE EASTERN CAROLINAS TURNS NORTHEAST...PRODUCING
AN OVER-RUNNING PATTERN WITH A RESULTANT MOISTENING OF THE COLUMN
AND STRATIFORM PRECIPITATION DEVELOPMENT. WHETHER IT WILL PRECIP
IS NOT AN ISSUE...GUIDANCE HAS BEEN CONSISTENT WITH CATEGORICAL
POPS FOR THE NEAR TERM. THE FORM THIS PRECIPITATION TAKES
ON...HOWEVER...IS THE MAJOR FORECAST CHALLENGE.
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934. hurricanehunter27
3:56 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
The dry layer north of Atlanta seems to have completely broken down based on the snow reports starting to come in from Cobb County.In my current area just south of downtown it seems to be holding a bit stronger with only a few flakes so far making it. I have no idea about Atlanta itself but if the dry layer is still in place in that area it should break down in the next hour.
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933. severstorm
3:54 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 931. mobhurricane2011:
I'm in mobile, light drizzle or freezing rain in my location
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
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932. ObxNative
3:51 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Someone earlier mentioned long term forecast of a major snow storm for Maryland. Can someone direct me to the page you all use for models? Gracias
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931. mobhurricane2011
3:50 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 929. severstorm:
Morning, Anyone in the Mobile area. Hows the weather there. I have a truck on the way. TIA
I'm in mobile, light drizzle or freezing rain in my location
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930. absurfer
3:50 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 849. air360:
Yep I'm in the same county (carteret) as absurfer - we already have a solid coat of ice on cars. Gonna be a long day.
Quick question - probably a dumb one - on the models we can see the 850line and different temps at different heights....how would one do that in between model runs? Like is it possible to see if the upper air is currently getting more conducive for snow or less? Just wondering if it is possible to monitor it at all in hopes we might move toward snow and not ice

EDIT: I suppose RAP would be the most logical choice as it updates hourly...duh
did you see the nws update in from 1/4 to 1/3 of ice with 2 to 4 inches of snow its interesting that dewpoints are very low still would not be surprised to see more snow than forecasted
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929. severstorm
3:48 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Morning, Anyone in the Mobile area. Hows the weather there. I have a truck on the way. TIA
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928. hurricanehunter27
3:47 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Civil Emergency Message sent out for the ice and snow in Central Alabama.
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927. Grothar
3:45 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 922. Neapolitan:
Where've you been? I talk about cold weather all the time--including three times today already. I guess people wee what they want to see... ;-)


It's very warm here today :)
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926. etxwx
3:44 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 906. ScottLincoln:

I would say do "Freezing Rain/Icing" but in the "Additional Information" box, be sure to specify that the accumulations were of sleet and not freezing rain glaze.


Thanks for the help, Scott. It never occurred to me to send in reports from out here in the boondocks but I will now.

Where do I report a bull-sicle? :)

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925. Dakster
3:42 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
What is the latest on the storm. I read that Superbowl weather will be good. The Dolphins will like that, seeing as they will be in the stands watching.
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924. LargoFl
3:41 PM GMT on January 28, 2014

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDDAY FOR THE MARYLAND
CHESAPEAKE BAY AND LOWER TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER.

LOW PRESSURE WILL PASS SOUTH OF THE REGION TONIGHT. A PERIOD OF
ACCUMULATING SNOW IS LIKELY ACROSS MUCH OF THE OUTLOOK AREA. THE
HIGHEST SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS APPEAR THAT THEY WILL BE ACROSS
SOUTHERN MARYLAND. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR
SOUTHERN MARYLAND TONIGHT. UNCERTAINTY REMAINS HIGH REGARDING THE
EXACT TRACK OF THIS STORM AND HOW FAR NORTHWEST ACCUMULATING SNOW
MAY REACH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

A PERIOD OF SNOW MAY LINGER INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.
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923. LargoFl
3:40 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
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922. Neapolitan
3:39 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 887. Grothar:


Nea, ...talking about cold weather???? Are you OK? :)
Where've you been? I talk about cold weather all the time--including three times today already. I guess people wee what they want to see... ;-)
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921. LargoFl
3:36 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
News Release: Florida Highway Patrol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a winter storm warning posted for portions of North Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol urges motorists in affected areas to prepare for the possibility of adverse driving conditions. National Weather Service forecasts show a severe cold front moving into Florida, bringing with it the possibility of freezing rain and snow resulting in hazardous driving conditions for motorists.

The Patrol offers the following tips for driving in this type of weather conditions:


•Stay put. Avoid driving, if at all possible. The safest place to be is off the roads.

•Slow down. When roads are icy, vehicles don’t have the traction required to stop quickly.

•Stay alert. When the temperature is near freezing, the roadway may look wet when in fact ice is forming.

•Remember that bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions.

•Don’t attempt to pass slower vehicles.

•Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

•Gently apply your brakes and accelerate at a slow speed.

•Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.

•Remember to dial *FHP (347) from your cell phone if you are on the road and need assistance.




------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------


By: Bailey Myers
January 27th, 2014

Tallahassee FL- Freezing rain could lead to slick roads, as well, black ice is nothing to mess around with.

Several local communities, like Tallahassee are already prepping. You won't see any salt trucks. You can, however, expect to see a truck spreading sand.

Tallahassee Public Works Operation Manager, Mike Scheiner told us, "We will fill that with sand and have it available in case we get calls about bridges icing over or steeply sloped roads icing over that we need to cover with sand to provide more traction."

We're told Leon County and the Florida Department of Transportation are prepping sand trucks as well, for the impending weather.
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920. Bluestorm5
3:36 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 917. hurricanehunter27:
I am witnessing snow flakes in Collage Park GA (Just south of Downtown Atlanta). Snow is really starting to break through the small dry layer, just on time as well.
Thankfully. I wrote down 0.18 QRF for KATL for WxChallenge.
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919. zawxdsk
3:35 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Chattanooga, TN

Sent out a weather notice company wide yesterday evening (office of 300-400). Yesterday evening, that forecast was 30% chance of flurries.

Woke up this morning to a Winter Weather Advisory for 1 to 2 inches. Got a lot of people here at work a bit pissed at me. 1/2 inch and continuing...
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918. georgia325
3:34 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 881. GeorgiaStormz:
HRRR gives me less snow and it's fairly accurate

We're getting flurries in W. Forsyth. Hopefully, it will pick up.
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917. hurricanehunter27
3:34 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
I am witnessing snow flakes in Collage Park GA (Just south of Downtown Atlanta). Snow is really starting to break through the small dry layer, just on time as well.
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916. LargoFl
3:33 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
well today is the last day for 70 temps till the end of week here..
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915. LargoFl
3:32 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 910. ScottLincoln:

Probably your best bet is to warm up the car for a while, then the ice will more easily break off in a few chunks.
yes when i lived in ny we would turn the heat on in the car and softened up the ice on the windshield,in a bit it would slide off
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914. Tazmanian
3:31 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 891. Andrebrooks:
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!



Stop the. Trolling. Plzs.
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913. Andrebrooks
3:30 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
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912. Tazmanian
3:30 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 911. Andrebrooks:
THIS WINTER WEATHER IS MOVING TOO SLOW FOR O GET TO HAMMOND.
WHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!





That was. Not. Needed Take a chill pill
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911. Andrebrooks
3:28 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
THIS WINTER WEATHER IS MOVING TOO SLOW FOR O GET TO HAMMOND.
WHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
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910. ScottLincoln
3:28 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 900. weathermanwannabe:
Question for the Northerners (or others)....................Can you use a regular metal or plastic carpenters spatula to remove-scrape ice from your car windshield without doing any damage to the window (that's all I have around the house in Florida)..........

Probably your best bet is to warm up the car for a while, then the ice will more easily break off in a few chunks.
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909. Bluestorm5
3:27 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
14z RAP nukes Eastern NC with 1.0 QPF and we got ratios of 12:1 to 15:1... could be a foot of snow somewhere among I-95? We'll see.
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908. LargoFl
3:27 PM GMT on January 28, 2014

...ICE STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 5 PM
EST WEDNESDAY...

* LOCATIONS...PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEAST
GEORGIA...INCLUDING THE CHARLESTON METRO AREA.

* TEMPERATURES...FALLING TO NEAR FREEZING THIS AFTERNOON...THEN
INTO THE MID TO UPPER 20S TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATION WILL CREATE DANGEROUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR MOTORISTS...INCLUDING FIRST RESPONDERS.
DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER LINES IS LIKELY. WIDESPREAD POWER
OUTAGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...AROUND ONE HALF OF AN INCH.

* TIMING...RAIN IS EXPECTED TO TRANSITION TO FREEZING
RAIN AND SLEET BY THIS AFTERNOON AS MUCH COLDER AIR PUSHES
SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE REGION. PRECIPITATION SHOULD END AS A
PERIOD OF SNOW AND SLEET LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY.
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907. aislinnpaps
3:26 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
From 911 dispatcher west central Louisiana to facebook:

Just got a call from the State Superintendent of Vernon Parish HWY Dept. (Yes Tommy Jr). And he ask me to put on facebook PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE STAY AT HOME. The road conditions are HAZARDOUS. There has been 2 car accident, because of the freezing rain and sleet build up on the roads with ice. He was coming off HYW 10 just know and was sliding. PLEASE STAY OFF THE ROADS stay safe. Also PLEASE PRAY for our DOTD out there traveling the roads to keep us safe.
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906. ScottLincoln
3:26 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 894. etxwx:


Question for Scott: the choices on the NWS Lake Charles report form are snow or freezing rain...we have sleet (chunky ice bits). It's accumulated on the ground a bit but not on tree limbs like ice, so I can't really really say it's an icing event, nor is it really snow. For reporting purposes is sleet classified as snow?

I would say do "Freezing Rain/Icing" but in the "Additional Information" box, be sure to specify that the accumulations were of sleet and not freezing rain glaze.

That's probably the closest category, as sleet and freezing rain are fairly similar, just different in that sleet freezes before it touches objects. It's a fine line with regards to how deep and cold the near surface freezing air is.
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905. WaterWitch11
3:25 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 818. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


since you are not using your beautiful world, can I borrow it? :) love the new one.
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904. LargoFl
3:24 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
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903. Grothar
3:24 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Remember for our Southern bloggers who don't know, put Sodium Chloride (salt) on snow, but Calcium Chloride on ice. For real.
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902. ChemPhysMath
3:24 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 900. weathermanwannabe:
Question for the Northerners (or others)....................Can you use a regular metal or plastic carpenters spatula to remove-scrape ice from your car windshield without doing any damage to the window (that's all I have around the house in Florida)..........


As a Floridian (I'm from Floriduh!), when deployed to Maryland last Christmas, I used an Eagle customer card. Yup, heavy, stiff plastic from anything works.
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901. LargoFl
3:22 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
...WINTER STORM UPDATE...
...WINTER STORM CREATING TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ACROSS
SOUTHERN AND PARTS OF CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...

AT 8 AM...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED WIDESPREAD WINTRY
PRECIPITATION ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHERN HALF OF MISSISSIPPI. IN THE
INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR...MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION WAS FALLING AS
LIGHT SNOW...MIXED AT TIMES WITH SLEET. FARTHER SOUTH IN THE HIGHWAYS
84 AND 98 CORRIDOR...THE PRECIPITATION WAS PRIMARILY MIXED FREEZING
RAIN AND SLEET...WITH A LITTLE SNOW MIXED IN AT TIMES FROM
BROOKHAVEN. AREAS OF HEAVY SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ARE INDICATED BY
RADAR AND REPORTED FROM EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND SPOTTERS IN THE
AREA BETWEEN HIGHWAY 84 AND INTERSTATE 20.

SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN HAVE ALREADY
BEEN REPORTED FROM BROOKHAVEN TO NATCHEZ TO HARRISONBURG LOUISIANA.
PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY CHANGEOVER TO SLEET AND THEN
SNOW FROM THE WEST AS THE DAY GOES ON. HOWEVER...MIXED SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN COULD PERSIST FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS IN SOUTHEAST
MISSISSIPPI BEFORE THAT OCCURS.

ROAD CONDITIONS ARE BEING REPORTED AS EXTREMELY POOR IN THE AREA FROM
INTERSTATE 20 SOUTH...AND TRAVEL IS DISCOURAGED. TEMPERATURES ARE IN
THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 20S IN THE AREA WHERE MIXED PRECIPITATION IS
FALLING...SO BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES ARE BECOMING ICED OVER...EVEN ON
WELL TRAVELED HIGHWAYS AND INTERSTATES. LESS TRAVELED SECONDARY ROADS
WILL ALSO BECOME ICY IN PARTS OF SOUTH MISSISSIPPI WHERE HEAVIER
PRECIPITATION IS OCCURRING. IN THE JACKSON METRO AREA...BRIDGES AND
OVERPASSES ARE BEING REPORTED AS ICED OVER...ESPECIALLY IN HINDS AND
RANKIN COUNTIES. NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS ARE BEING REPORTED ACROSS THE
SOUTHERN HALF OF THE REGION.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR MEDIA SOURCES AND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WEB...SOCIAL MEDIA...AND NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR UPDATES.

$$

AEG
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900. weathermanwannabe
3:22 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Question for the Northerners (or others)....................Can you use a regular metal or plastic carpenters spatula to remove-scrape ice from your car windshield without doing any damage to the window (that's all I have around the house in Florida)..........
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899. largeeyes
3:21 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Icing up on the Crystal Coast in NC.
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898. aislinnpaps
3:21 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Fort Polk, West Central Louisiana

Fort Polk MWR

28/0838 hrs. - The Ft. Polk DES announced road conditions on Ft. Polk are currently at BLACK. NOTE: The following roads will be closed: Chaffe @ Exchange (re-route traffic to Texas Ave) and Bellrichard @ 467 (re-route around Magnolia Road). Signs will be placed at those locations listed above. Normal dispatch procedures are in effect. Patrols will be stationed at the fire station/gates and will respond if calls are received. Black- Extremely dangerous, life threatening conditions. Roads are covered with hard packed snow or ice and possibly unplowed. Heavy snowfall and/or high winds causing zero visibility are occurring or expected. All vehicle traffic operations are suspended except for police, fire, medical DPW snow removal and service vehicles and other operations in support of national defense. Tire chains must be mounted on tactical military vehicles if the vehicles are authorized tire chains per the appropriate vehicle operators manual.
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897. hericane96
3:20 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 886. ScottLincoln:

Thanks. The more reports, the better. It helps forecasters refine their information and is also coordinated with local officials.

Unfortunately, sometimes we do not get enough reports. Especially of flooding or low-end wind damage. People just experience it enough that they assume it isn't unusual and don't report it. Without the information, it makes the warning decisions tougher and also can skew statistics in the databases of weather events.


Thanks for the information... The stations just must be behind.. We don't experiance this often down here, afraid a lot of people down here don't know how to take the right precautions to stay safe.. Only supposed to get worse as the day goes on, half an inch of ice will put citys down here at a stand still.. Hope for more of a sleet snow event, but being near the warm gulf it'll be hard to do..
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896. Grothar
3:19 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
NAM at 24 hours

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895. LargoFl
3:19 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Florida - Alabama State Line west of Pensacola The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning for Bay County and Northwest Florida counties until Noon this Wednesday, January 29th. Updated weather advisories on NewsChannel 7.

All branches of Army Aviation Center Fedferal Credit Union will be closing at 1:00 pm today (Tuesday) and will be closed all day on Wednesday. We will re-open at regular business hours on Thursday,

All WALTON County Schools are closed Tuesday, January 28th and Wednesday, January 29th due to freezing rain, ice and hazardous road conditions.

Delta Airlines is cancelling all flights in and out of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport ay West Bay, Okaloosa County ((Eglin ) and Pensacola effective at 10:00 AM Tuesday morning. Airport officials say the Delta decision is based on the possibility of winter weather here but the effects the weather is having on airports in the rest of the country. 10:00 AM Tuesday will be the last outbound flights and 1:30 PM will be last incoming flights for Delta. No word yet from Southwest.

A message from HOLMES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Due to the possibility of frozen roads and the hazardous driving conditions they could cause, we have decided to cancel school on Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 29-30). All athletic and after-school events have been cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. School should resume on Friday, Jan. 31. All other Holmes County Offices will be open at this time.

Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County Open Tuesday & Wednesday

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County will remain open on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Wednesday, Jan. 29. Client services at the Fort Walton Beach and Crestview locations will maintain regular operating hours. Clients who need to reschedule or cancel appointments, should call (850) 833-9240.

Northwest Florida State College and Okaloosa County schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to expected hazardous weather.

Destin Youth Programs Canceled Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Wed., Jan. 29. All City of Destin Recreation youth programs are canceled Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Wednesday, Jan. 29, because of weather-related safety concerns.

BILOXI, Miss. – The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System has cancelled all Veterans’ medical appointments at its Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola, and Eglin Air Force Base medical facilities through Jan. 29, due to the anticipated impact of the winter storm on safety and transportation. These VA facilities will be closed Jan. 28-29. The Biloxi VA emergency room will be open.

WALTON AREA CHAMBER of COMERCE - Due to the winter storm forecasted for tomorrow and Wednesday, we have rescheduled the Annual Gala for Tuesday, February 4th. The Gala will be held at the Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin with registration beginning at 5:30. Please call the chamber office at 267-0683, if you have any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience
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894. etxwx
3:19 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 886. ScottLincoln:

Thanks. The more reports, the better. It helps forecasters refine their information and is also coordinated with local officials.

Unfortunately, sometimes we do not get enough reports. Especially of flooding or low-end wind damage. People just experience it enough that they assume it isn't unusual and don't report it. Without the information, it makes the warning decisions tougher and also can skew statistics in the databases of weather events.


Question for Scott: the choices on the NWS Lake Charles report form are snow or freezing rain...we have sleet (chunky ice bits). It's accumulated on the ground a bit but not on tree limbs like ice, so I can't really really say it's an icing event, nor is it really snow. For reporting purposes is sleet classified as snow?
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