Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hold Up: NWS WINTER STORM WARNING

This is why Twitter is so popular...just finished other post and now Winter Storm Watch upgraded to Warning. Thankfully / hopefully you don't rely just on me for your breaking news. Text follows.

NWS Snow / Ice Maps



Thoughts: Precip amounts about right but frzra accum is overdone for areas N of Charlotte in my opinion. Assuming 10:1 ratio Davie County more like 6-8, Rowan 6, Charlotte 5, etc. Now back to drawing/finishing my map....I've just written what it will say in pretty colors.


ALEXANDER-IREDELL-DAVIE-CATAWBA-ROWAN-GREATER CALDWELL-
GREATER BURKE-EASTERN MCDOWELL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BETHLEHEM...TAYLORSVILLE...
STONY POINT...STATESVILLE...MOORESVILLE...MOCKSVILLE...HICKORY...
NEWTON...ST. STEPHENS...SALISBURY
322 PM EST SUN FEB 15 2015

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON MONDAY TO 7 AM EST
TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND ICE...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
NOON MONDAY TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...THE NORTHERN FOOTHILLS AND NORTHWEST PIEDMONT OF NORTH
  CAROLINA.

* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ALONG WITH LIGHT SLEET AND
  ICE ACCUMULATIONS. 

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA MONDAY
  AFTERNOON...CONTINUING INTO THE EVENING...WHEN THE PRECIPITATION
  WILL BEGIN TO MIX WITH SLEET AND POSSIBLY FREEZING RAIN. THE
  PRECIPITATION WILL END AS FREEZING RAIN LATE MONDAY NIGHT.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4
  INCHES...ALONG WITH AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW FALLING ON COLD ROADS...WITH LIGHT SLEET
  AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY CAUSE MAJOR TRAVEL PROBLEMS
  ALONG THE I-40 CORRIDOR MONDAY AFTERNOON AND MONDAY NIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF
WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS
CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GSP.