Category: Winter Weather
Local Storm Report by NWS Memphis: Tupelo [Lee Co, MS] emergency mngr reports FREEZING RAIN of E0.00 INCH at 09:41 PM CST — Itawamba County emergency management reports icy brideges and over passes in Itawamba…Lee…and Pontotoc counties…emergency vehicles having trouble maneuvering through roadways.
Roads icing in Tishomingo County as well.
The situation to the northwest of us in Mississippi is deteriorating tonight. If you know anyone traveling to to the northwest over northern Mississippi or Tennessee tonight or early Sunday, urge them to check local conditions carefully.
Monitoring reports from western Tennessee and northern Mississippi tonight. Here is a rundown:
…7:30 p.m. Bridges icing at I-55/U.S. 78 in DeSoto County MS near Hernando.
…7:49 p.m. Sleet in midtown Memphis, mixing with freezing rain
…7:40 p.m. Sleet in Chester County TN…southeast of Jackson TN
…8:05 p.m. Sleet in Bartlett TN
…8:10 p.m. Icing being reported in Oxford Ms with several accidents
…8:25 p.m. Moderate sleet being reported throughout Shelby County TN with 0.10 inches of sleet accumulating
…8:27 p.m. Two car accident reported on I-55 in Tate County MS because of icing on bridges about 30 minutes south of Memphis
…8:34 p.m. Sleet in Millington TN
…8:44 p.m. Hernando DeSoto Bridge starting to ice…in Memphis on I-40 over the River
…8:54 p.m. Moderate sleet in Tipton Co TN
…8:56 p.m. Light coating of freezing rain on cars near Bartlett TN
Winter weather advisories continue for several counties across Tennessee and northern Mississippi for tonight and tomorrow morning.
Heavy sleet and freezing rain mixed is showing up on radar now across northwestern Mississippi south of Memphis, extending into southern Tennessee from Savannah to near Columbia.
Precipitation is now showing up on radar across Northwest Alabama but there are no reports of any freezing or frozen precip across that area as of yet. Muscle Shoals is reporting cloudy skies and 34F.
Marion and Winston Counties and points to the northwest and north will see sleet tonight, but temperatures should remain just above freezing.
Lows overnight should range from the lower 30s over Northwest Alabama to the upper 30s in the I-59 corridor, to the upper 40s over southeastern sections of the area.
Waves of precipitation will move across Central and North Alabama over the next 2 and 1/2 days, leading to 2-3 inches of rain. Flooding should not be a problem as the rain will fall over a long period.
Fog will also become a problem tonight in spots, so be alert to that possibility as well.
Temperatures continue to slowly fall across the area tonight.
Temperatures in the I-20 corridor are in the upper 30s. Along US-278, you will find middle 30s. It is a little cooler to the north of that.
The rain/snow level has dropped to around 2800 feet according to dual pol Doppler Radar.
There has been a steady stream of snowflake reports, but nothing significant enough to result in any accumulation.
The Weather Service is observing a few snowflakes at the Shelby County Airport in Calera. There are numerous other reports in many other counties.
Just got a report of snow flurries on Corridor X near Carbon Hill.
Ronald Hughes in Coker reports 38F with rain/sleet mix.
Expect the mix to gradually changeover to all snow, but it will have to hurry. The back edge of the precipitation shield is now near the Mississippi/Alabama border.
Temperatures will go below freezing after midnight. And standing water on roads, especially on bridges and overpasses will potentially freeze by morning, creating patches of black ice. So be careful and check road conditions before heading out in the morning.
Any places that pick up a burst of snow overnight could see a dusting to 1/4 inch of snow. Accumulations up to 1 inch on roofs and grassy areas could occur over northeastern Alabama north and east of Birmingham.
A rain and snow mix has been falling in the Jackson area since 8 p.m. or so.
About 8 p.m., light rain and snow mixed was reported in the Oak Ridge area of Vicksburg.
At 8:00 p.m. light snow mixing in at French Camp in Attala County.
At 8:45 p.m., light snow mixing in around Madison.
At 9:10, light snow was being reported at Philadelphia MS.
At 9:10, light snow mixing in around Brandon, MS.
At 9:30, light snow mixing in the rain in Crystal Springs, MS in Copiah County.
No reports of accumulation yet.
LATE ALABAMA REPORTS
NWS BMX reports getting a couple of reports of sleet/snow/rain mixed in Fayette County.
Flurries reported in Blountsville in Blount County.
Rain/snow mix reported in Hamilton.
NO CHANGE IN FORECAST THINKING AT THIS HOUR
Read down for more notes of the expected conditions.
Here is an update on the Alabama weather situation as of 8:15 p.m.
The threat of ice on bridges in the morning has prompted two local school systems to call off classes tomorrow. Hoover City and Blount County schools will be closed.
We continue to track another round of precipitation that is moving into Alabama tonight.
Our upper trough is moving across Mississippi at this hour. Colder air aloft is leading to precipitation and as colder air continues to flow into Alabama behind the surface low that is moving into the Carolinas. The atmosphere should be cold enough for a wintry mix changing over to light snow between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. in areas east of I-65 and north of I-85.
Temperatures will fall below freezing after midnight. This will allow any standing water on bridges and overpasses to freeze into slick spots by sunrise. Check road conditions on your route tomorrow morning before traveling.
Areas east of I-65 and north of I-85 may see a dusting of snow on grassy areas overnight. 1/2 to one inch may fall in spots north and east of Birmingham. Wet and warm ground will prevent significant accumulations.
LATE REPORT FROM JACKSON MS
WAPT Meteorologist David Hartman reporting wet flakes mixed in with the rain at his location in Jackson.
RAW DAY TOMORROW: The sun’ll come out tomorrow, said Annie. And she will be right. But despite a good supply of sunshine, temperatures tomorrow will remain in the 30s. You will also notice a biting northerly wind.
DANCING WITH THE STATS: Judy Freeman in CenterPoint reports 3.48 inches of rain from this storm system, including 2.54 today. Birmingham’s rain total today was 2.20”… a new daily record. Old record for 11/26 was 1.59” set in 1948. Bryan Falls report 3.10 inches of rain from the system.
Ground stops have been ordered tonight at Charlotte and Philadelphia due to wind. Additional problems with rain and wind will be reported at airports from Charlotte and Raleigh through Washington/Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC and Boston by tomorrow causing problems for air travelers. Heavy snow will fall from eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina all the way into western Pennsylvania and the snow belt of New York.
There has been a major mess on I-459 southbound late this afternoon and tonight due to a major accident at Acton Road. The road is open again now, although it will take a while to clear out. US 280 eastbound is also shut down at Chelsea.