7:15 AM Friday Update.... I didn't want to start a whole new post since this one will be short and I wanted to keep that graph up below. I hope you find those statistics as amazing as I do. Just think of the potential with several years left in this decade. I know a lot of people feel the same way I do when we reminisce about growing up in the 1980s. We all remember how much more it snowed back then. We'll, it looks like those memories could become reality again if this keeps up.
The weather over the next several days will be quiet, but a parade of cold fronts in a northwesterly flow will prevent any huge warm up. Once temperatures do get up towards 60, another cold front will knock them down again. A northwesterly flow is usually quite dry. At this time, it looks like the coldest air mass will be directed northeast of the state. With that said, I still think the models are a bit too warm at the beginning of next week. These are strong highs coming down and as usual, the models just don't see it until it's here. However, I think they will only be off a few degree. Bottom line, we've seen colder already this winter so this won't be unusual.
It's time to step back a little and look at the overall picture. I had a great conversation with meteorologist Brian Smith at the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock and he brought to my attention some remarkable data.
If you look at snowfall in Little Rock by decade, we see some amazing things going on. Just since 2010 to the present, Little Rock has 35.5 inches of snow. This period of 3 years and a month has already produced MORE snow than the ENTIRE decade of the 1900s, 1930s, 1950s, 1990s, and 2000s! Just in the matter of 8 hours Christmas day into the 26th, we had almost 70% of the total snow of the 1990s. With 35.5'' of snow so far this decade, we're on track to have the snowiest decade since the 1960s! I don't think we'll ever break that record of 90.5 inches, but records were made to be broken, right?
I'll have more about the weather soon. But briefly, that upper level low we have been tracking did produce some light snow in far southeast Arkansas last night, but it's Mississippi and Alabama getting a rare snow today. Temperatures are going to swing upwards over the next few days. Another strong cold front will come through at the beginning of next week. I think the models are too high with readings behind the front. I think we'll have highs in the 30s with lows in the teens. Nothing we haven't already experienced. This shot of cold air is quick and we'll begin to warm up, then another shot of cold air will arrive. The flow is northwesterly aloft so it looks mostly dry. More on that later, check out this graph. Again, thanks to Brian Smith for telling me about this!