MID-SOUTH — FOX13 Meteorologists have been tracking winter weather to be able to give you the most up-to-date information.
Here is the update as of 6 a.m.:
WIND CHILL ADVISORY UNTIL NOON.
WINTER STORM WATCH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT UNTIL 6 PM THURSDAY.
~Grab your heaviest coat.
~It’s a bitterly cold start to the morning under a partly cloudy sky.
~Temperatures this afternoon will only rise to the upper teens.
~Snow chance: 10%. ~Winds: 5/10 mph.
~LOOKING AHEAD: More snow/sleet in the forecast starting tomorrow through Thursday, as we can pick up another 2″+. Temperatures FINALLY warm up above freezing this weekend.
Winter storm #3 in the span of 7 days is approaching the Mid-South for early Wednesday morning into Thursday evening. A new winter storm watch has been issued for the viewing area from 12 a.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. This will be upgraded to a winter storm warning and possibly winter weather advisories Tuesday.
There will be multiple rounds of moisture that move through with varying degrees of intensity.
If you live north of I-40 this will be a primarily all snow event with 2-5″+ on the way. South of I-40 accumulations are forecast at 1-2″+ with up to 0.25″ of ice due to freezing rain and sleet. Like the last storm it’s not a question of if, but a question of how much snow and ice we will see. There is still some model disagreement on that and we will be fine tuning the forecast for you moving forward.
The event will start as all snow Wednesday morning with a dusting to half-inch of accumulation possible. More intense moisture moves in Wednesday afternoon and evening. Warmer air will begin moving in, in the upper levels of the atmosphere causing snow to transition to sleet and freezing rain south of I-40. This would be our best window to see sleet and freezing rain in Memphis during this event.
Another round of moisture moves in Thursday morning and colder air begins to filter back into the upper levels of the atmosphere. This will take us back to more of an all snow for most of the Mid-South. Another 1-3″ of snow is possible. Freezing rain and sleet are likely to continue for the southern parts of the viewing area from Batesville, to Oxford, back up to Corinth Mississippi. It will be tricky forecasting where there snow freezing rain line sets up for Thursday.
Roads will be dangerous is not impassible as road conditions are starting out terrible before the event even begins to unfold.
If you absolutely need to travel to prepare for this storm Tuesday will be your window, but take it slow and plan for lots of extra time for travel.
Power outages will be a bigger issue for areas south of I-40 where freezing rain causes ice build-up on powerlines. Continue to have safe ways to heat your home.
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