|12Z NAM Saturday snowfall projections.|
8 AM Saturday Update... I will review all of the 12Z data and have a full update by early afternoon! The 00Z data last night continues with the storm. It looks like it arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday with significant accumulations POSSIBLE... more later.
9 PM Friday Update... Thanks everyone for a fun and huge day on the Arkansas Weather Blog. This system may have been a little teaser to what COULD happen next Wednesday. While there will be a system coming through Sunday and Sunday night, it looks wimpy compared to the mid week storm. So much can and WILL change as the models try to figure it out. There are no guarantees next week, but it still looks promising! One thing you can be sure of.... I'll be here with you EVERY step of the way. We are Your Ticket To BIG Weather Events. More Saturday!
3 PM Friday Update... Everyone wants an update to the storm next week. I really have no changes to tell you, but I will show you a few maps. The models still don't have a grasp on the system and a good handle on the timing. This could come in either Tuesday or Wednesday. Both long term models ( GFS and Euro) both indicate the POTENTIAL for several inches of snow. The Euro puts out almost .6'' of water which would translate to several inches due to the high ratios expected. Generally, the colder the temperatures, the more snow you can get out of water. Read the discussion below as nothing has really changed.
MORNING UPDATE... What we are looking at, according to the models, next week is nothing short of fascinating! If you're a weather geek, and you know I am, next week could end up being something talked about for a very long time. When I looked at the GFS long term forecast temperatures, my jaw dropped and my wife couldn't even pick it up. It has a high next Thursday of 21 with a low of 11. Sure that has happened before in Little Rock. It's rare, but it has happened. What makes this incredible is the fact the GFS sees this in the long range. You must understand that the GFS MOS numbers try to trend towards climatology in the long range, which is around 53 for a high and 30 for the low. For these numbers to be cut in half, means it sees it, and there's the POTENTIAL to be colder. I must caution you, this in ONLY one run of the model.
Now to more of the fun and games to deal with next week. The models are showing a fast moving system Sunday night into Monday morning which could bring a light wintry mix to the state. The system is not one which typically gives us significant precipitation.
The system coming in Tuesday and/or Wednesday IS the one to watch and will be followed by VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR. The models disagree how this will evolve, but the Euro and GFS both say this could be a significant storm and it does look like a classic set up for the mid south. I will caution you, being in the long range, you CAN'T look at specifics yet, but the overall picture indicates trouble brewing. The overnight runs of the models showed the northern half of the state targeted, but yesterday it shows all of the state. These are the type of fluctuations I'm talking about.
For those of you sick and tired of this amazing winter, IT WILL get warmer! After next week, there will be no place to go but warmer! Seriously, the cold air intrusions look to stop the following week with much, much warmer weather. Check out the maps below and thanks for reading the Arkansas Weather Blog... We ARE your ticket to BIG weather events!
|The GFSGFS MOS numbers.|