Cold and snow again for Florida? Deep South ices up
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12:43 - Although it is winter, it is really not all that common for the Deep South to get snow. What's even more uncommon is for the Deep South to get it more than once a season!
But that's exactly what we're dealing with this week. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are blanketing the deep south on Tuesday including northwest Florida. The mean position of the jet stream has been ushering rounds of bitter Arctic air several times this season, and this time may not be the last. Read on for the latest on this next blast of southern winter charm.
- Widespread weather advisories and warnings span diagonally from Texas up to New England
- Wintry mix for central/southern Texas into Louisiana and the central Gulf Coast Tuesday
- Bitter cold temperatures to sweep south and east to the Gulf Coast and Southeastern U.S
- Precipitation initially in the form of a wintry mix of light rain, sleet, and snow will gradually turn into light snow across Alabama/Florida border late through Tuesday night
TUESDAY MORNING RECAP
It began with a strong cold front that brought a wintry mix of freezing rain, snow and sleet to parts of North Texas Monday night and Tuesday morning. By late Tuesday morning, wet snow moved across the Mississippi valley along I-20, I-30 and I-40 coating roads with approx 0.5 to 1 inch of fresh white snow and fresh brown slush. This was enough to slow down the morning rush through central Louisiana and northern Mississippi. Many schools were closed as of Monday night in anticipation of the storm.
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Snow will continue to move East and will impact central and northern parts of both Mississippi and Alabama and Georgia. This could slow the afternoon commute along I–75 in and out of Atlanta by around 5:00 and 7:00 pm local time (in time for the commute). Conditions will improve to the west for much of Texas and Louisiana as the afternoon goes on.
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TUESDAY EVENING INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING
Into the overnight we will see temperatures continue to fall into the 20's and teens for locations along the Gulf coast including the Florida panhandle.
Areas such as Tallahassee could see a coating of wet sloppy snow Wednesday by 8:00 am. This would be the first time that this area has seen snow since January 3, 2018. It may not have been much – just 0.1 inches (0.25 centimeters) – but the January 3 snowfall was the first measurable snowfall Tallahassee, Florida, had seen in 28 years.
In the morning hours the snow will be lingering within the Carolinas and into the Delmarva region bringing with it a general 1-3 inches, potentially more in the higher terrain through the mountains. Temperatures will still be quite chilly through the Sunshine State with daytime highs barely getting in to the 30's and 40's. This will certainly not be beach weather yet again!
The good news is after this we will see a significant warm up for the entire East Coast into the weekend and to close out the month of January. Get those beach umbrellas and towels ready -- you will need them soon!