... Winter storm possible across the northern half of the four state
region this weekend...
A strong upper level storm system will approach the four state
region Saturday night into Sunday with winter precipitation
possible along and north of the Interstate 20 corridor of northeast
Texas and northern Louisiana... including southeast Oklahoma and
southern Arkansas. Precipitation will begin late Saturday afternoon
and evening as just rain in the west... but through evaporative
cooling... a mixture of rain... mixed with sleet and snow will be
possible late Saturday night. Sunday will be a cold and raw day
across the entire region. There should be enough cold air in place
for a sleet and snow mixture across southeast Oklahoma and
southern Arkansas... while further south near the Interstate 20
corridor of northeast Texas and northern Louisiana... a mixture of
rain... sleet and snow will all be possible. Precipitation should
turn into all snow across southern Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma
Sunday night while there will continue to be a mixture of sleet
and snow further south near Interstate 20 before the precipitation
tries to come to and end late Sunday night. Accumulating sleet and
snow will be possible with this winter storm this weekend...
especially across southeast Oklahoma and southern Arkansas. Snow
accumulations beginning late Saturday night... and continuing
through Sunday night... could total 2 to 4 inches with isolated
higher amounts across southeast Oklahoma and southern Arkansas.
Further south near the Interstate 20 corridor of northeast Texas
and northern Louisiana... slight accumulations of sleet and snow
will be possible through Sunday night.
Winter storm watches will likely be needed for at least the
northern portions of our region for late Saturday night through
Sunday night and this will likely be issued later this afternoon.
Uncertainty does exist as to just how far south winter precipitation
accumulation will be possible. Just a slight southward shift of this
storm system would result in higher sleet and snow accumulations...
further south along the Interstate 20 corridor. The progress of this
system will continue to be monitored over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Preparations for a winter storm... with accumulating sleet and or
snow... should be made for locations along and north of the Interstate
20 corridor by Saturday.
13Winter Storm Watch Statement as of 3:30 PM CST on January 07, 2011
CanceledThere are minor changes as of this morning Sat. Jan 8. 20111
1. *Four to six inches of snow
accumulation is expected across
southeast Oklahoma into southwest Arkansas. Further south into
northeast Texas and northern Louisiana... 2 to 4 inches of snow
will be possible... with isolated higher amounts possible north of
the Interstate 20 corridor of extreme northern Louisiana... and
this may fall after... or in combination with 1 to 2 inches of sleet.
2. Hazardous Weather Outlook
(this explains how the Winter Storm will get here
)515 AM CST SAT JAN 8 2011
DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
A POTENT UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL BEGIN MOVING INTO THE
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY THIS EVENING WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF WINTER
PRECIPITATION BEGINNING JUST BEFORE SUNRISE ACROSS THE REGION.
AREAS ALONG AND SOUTH OF A JACKSONVILLE TO CENTER TEXAS LINE...
WILL LIKELY SEE WIDESPREAD RAIN. FURTHER EAST...ACROSS NORTHWEST
AND NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR
A MIXTURE OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AND LIGHT SLEET. FURTHER WEST
ALONG AND NEAR THE INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR OF NORTHEAST TEXAS...
PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY BEGIN AS RAIN...MIXED WITH SLEET.
FURTHER NORTH ACROSS THE NORTHERN THIRD OF NORTHEAST TEXAS...
SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA AND SOUTHERN ARKANSAS...PRECIPITATION WILL
LIKELY BEGIN AS SLEET...MIXED WITH SNOW AS THE PRECIPITATION
BEGINS JUST BEFORE SUNRISE. PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS ARE NOT EXPECTED
TO BE EXCESSIVE LATE TONIGHT THEREFORE...WHILE HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED TODAY...
CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO DETERIORATE LATE TONIGHT ACROSS THE FOUR
STATE REGION. PREPARATIONS FOR A WINTER STORM...WITH ACCUMULATING
SLEET AND OR SNOW...SHOULD BE COMPLETED TODAY
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
...A MIXED BAG OF PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY BE ONGOING ACROSS THE ENTIRE FOUR
STATE REGION DURING THE MORNING HOURS SUNDAY. ACROSS SOUTHEAST
OKLAHOMA AND SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...PRECIPITATION SUNDAY MORNING
WILL LIKELY BE IN THE FORM OF SLEET MIXED WITH SNOW. FURTHER SOUTH
NEAR THE INTERSTATE 20 CORRIDOR OF NORTHEAST TEXAS...THERE WILL
BE A MIXTURE OF RAIN...MIXED WITH SLEET AND SNOW SUNDAY MORNING. AS THE UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM IS
OVERHEAD SUNDAY AFTERNOON...TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH
THROUGHOUT THE ATMOSPHERE...TO SUPPORT A CHANGE OVER TO MOSTLY
SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION...CONTINUING INTO SUNDAY EVENING
BEFORE THE PRECIPITATION TRIES TO COME TO AN END LATE SUNDAY
NIGHT. FOUR TO SIX INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED ACROSS
SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA INTO SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS
WINTER STORM WARNINGS WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED FOR AT LEAST A PORTION
OF THE FOUR STATE REGION LATER THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE POSSIBILITY
OF SIGNIFICANT SLEET AND OR SNOW ACCUMULATION SUNDAY THROUGH
SUNDAY NIGHT.(Some content edited/removed) Statement as of 3:25 PM CST on January 08, 2011
... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 am Sunday to midnight
CST Sunday night...
The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for heavy snow... which is in effect from 6 am
Sunday to midnight CST Sunday night. The Winter Storm Watch is no
longer in effect.
* Snow and sleet should begin across northeast Texas and southeast
Oklahoma early Sunday morning... and spread into southern
Arkansas by late morning or early Sunday afternoon. The winter
precipitation will begin to taper off from west to east Sunday
* Four to eight inches of snow accumulation is expected across
southeast Oklahoma... northeast Texas and southwest Arkansas. In
some areas the snow may fall in combination with 1 to 2 inches
* Snow covered roadways will be possible across the watch
area... creating hazardous travel conditions Sunday through the
morning commute on Monday.
A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an
emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight...
food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Curiously, today's short forecast is "Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s". And so we shall have to wait, watch, see & make a slushy snowball!Φ