Archive for January, 2010

More Freezing Fog Is Likely Overnight
January 31, 2010

Old Man Winter doesn’t want to give up his control on western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. The National Weather Service has issued a freezing fog advisory for overnight Sunday into Monday morning. This round of freezing fog will be much like Saturday night’s round. Freezing fog leaves behind a thin layer of ice particles that cling to elevated objects such as bridges, overpasses and trees. It is yet another reason to give yourself lots of extra time for your Monday morning commute.

Ross Ellet

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Final Snow Totals
January 30, 2010

I want to thank everyone who provided us with snow totals through this event. It really helps us out, not only with providing the information on-air and online but it helps us with nowcasting during the storm. We have received dozens and dozens of totals. I wish we had the time to mention everyone during our weathercasts but that isn’t possible. Instead we compiled 3 graphics with 15 totals. You will notice the totals are in a range, this is because we have had many varying totals in and around each city which is common during a storm like this.

As for ice totals, most of Benton County reported ice totals of around 0.25″. Ice totals ranged from 0.25-0.50″ in Washington County with a few locally higher amounts. Most of the river valley picked up less than 0.10″. The Ouachitas picked up on average 0.25″ but this varied widely with the topography.

Winter so far has brought 3 significant winter storms. The snow totals on average in northwest Arkansas now sits around 14″ for the year, which is already 4″ above average for the entire winter season. We are 3″ above normal for the River Valley. Since there have been so many below normal years for snowfall in the past decade, the winter of 2009-10 now ranks as the harshest winter since the year 1999-00 as a whole across the viewing area. All of this and we are only 41 days into winter…we have 48 more days until the first day of spring.

Ross Ellet

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WARMER WEATHER NEXT WEEK…
January 30, 2010

TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK (6-10 DAYS)

Here is the latest temperature outlook for next week.  It’s nice to see a good chance for above average temperatures.  The best chance for our area to feel temperatures above freezing will be Sunday afternoon in the River Valley and Monday afternoon in NE OK and NW AR.

TEMPERATURE FORECAST (SUNDAY AFTERNOON)

TEMPERATURE FORECAST (MONDAY AFTERNOON)

BLOG ENTRY BY: PATRICK CRAWFORD (1-30  8AM)

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Some More Updated Snow Totals
January 29, 2010

Ross Ellet

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Evening Update
January 29, 2010

We’re on the back side of the storm system!  Moderate to light snow continues to fall across the entire area.  Light snow is still being reported across Oklahoma City.  Additional accumulation from now until midnight will likely total between 1 and 2 inches. 

Light snow and flurries will continue overnight with little accumulation.

The last time the area had this type of storm from north to south was back in December of 2000!

Drew Michaels

Updated Snow Totals
January 29, 2010

Thank you for all of your reports. Here are the updated snow totals as of 5pm.

Ross Ellet

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Snow Totals So Far
January 29, 2010

The snow totals are increasing quickly across the area. Here is a look at a few reports that we have gotten so far. These will continue to change as the evening goes on. We just got one report in Fayetteville of 5″ of snow with a very heavy snow band. If you have any reports feel free to let us know by posting a comment.

Ross Ellet

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1:00 P.M. Update
January 29, 2010

Good afternoon everyone!  Thanks for all of your snow totals and reports.  We couldn’t do this without you.  Keep your reports coming!  Let’s get down to it.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS:

The forecast throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening will be mostly snow.  Temperatures aloft have cooled to produce some locally heavy snowfall.  We have received reports across Benton county between 2″ and 4″ of ice and snow already.  Storm totals across this area will likely range between 4 and 8 inches!  The snow will likely taper off to flurries overnight into Saturday morning.

RIVER VALLEY

The wintry mix continues to fall across the River Valley.  Sallisaw is reporting snow at this point.  Fort Smith can expect the switchover to happen before 2 p.m.  Looking at the latest 12Z data it’s feasible to think the River Valley will pick up between 2 and 4 inches of total snow and ice.  That snow will continue tonight and taper to flurries Saturday morning.

Drew Michaels

MORNING UPDATE…
January 29, 2010

The winter weather is not done this morning as the moisture continues to move in from the South.  The type of precipitation is still a mix of everything…Rain in the River Valley….sleet in Washington County…freezing rain and light snow in Benton County.  By the late morning the short-range weather model is showing more of a change over to snow throughout a large portion of the area.  Here is the latest:

PRECIPITATION FORECAST (FRIDAY 11AM)

PRECIPITATION TYPE (FRIDAY 11AM)

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SNOW ON THE WAY…
January 29, 2010

The latest data starting to indicate a change over from the wintry mix to full on snow later on this morning and into the afternoon.  There could be several inches of snow, especially North of Highway 412.  We are going to keep the same snowfall estimates across the area, but there could be a few minor changes to those numbers later on this morning.  Here is a look at the latest:

PRECIPITATION FORECAST (FRIDAY 12PM)

PRECIPITATION FORECAST (FRIDAY 6PM)

The snow thickness line doesn’t make its way into the River Valley until late in the day.  Therefore snowfall totals will be much less in that part of the viewing area, but they can expect rain, freezing rain and sleet to continue until the change over occurs.

BLOG ENTRY BY: PATRICK CRAWFORD (1-29  2:49AM)