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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post
For those of you who have had enough snow for the winter, here is the good news: another repeat of this Friday’s and Saturday’s snowfall is not in the forecast for today and tomorrow.
However, here is the bad news for you: there is a chance of rain and snow late tonight and tomorrow with maybe a dusting to 1 inch of snow possible.
For those of you who want more snow, wait until the start of next week when we might, might, see a bit more accumulation of snowfall. As always, it’s too early to tell about that, but meteorologists at the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory are paying close attention to yet another system that could bring snow to the area Monday night into Tuesday.
“Winter’s not over,” said Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with NWS.
The weather situation this weekend is mixed bag. The rain that began falling yesterday will continue today with a 100 percent chance of precipitation and a high of 44 degrees. The rain continues into tonight possibly mixing with snow after midnight. Chance of precipitation tonight is 80 percent. The low should be about 33.
The low pressure bringing all the moisture comes from south of Tennessee again, moving south of New Orleans, La. and into southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle today and into South Carolina tonight.
“It looks like the rain will pretty much continue throughout the day on Friday,” Boyd said.
After midnight, the rain will possibly become mixed with snow which should continue on Saturday ending during the day. Then look for a chance of snow mixed with rain Saturday afternoon. The high Saturday should be about 38, and the low tomorrow night should drop to 27.
“There could be minor accumulation on Saturday, possibly even late Friday night,” he said, noting it should be less than an inch, perhaps a dusting in some places.
A high pressure builds in on Sunday, bringing partly sunny skies and high near 40. Clouds move back in Sunday night as the high pressure retreats. The low should be about 26.
Yet another system develops and moves from Texas on Monday bringing rain during the day on Monday. The low moves again into Louisiana on Monday night, he said, and could bring a rain-snow mix, also.
The low moves on Tuesday into southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle – yes, it sounds like a repeat – bringing clouds and a chance of light rain and snow.
“We’re going to have to watch this one. The thicknesses (layers) are borderline, but that can change,” Boyd said, adding “it’s too far out to say about accumulation.”
As if all that is not enough, it is also going to turn colder next week, too. Remember how cold it was during the first couple of weeks of January? It’s going to get that cold again.
Another Arctic high moves this way on Tuesday when the low that night should be about 25. The highs, however, on Wednesday and Thursday, are expected to be in the 30s with lows at night in the upper teens.
“We’re in for some pretty cold weather,” he said, adding the normal high for this time of year is 50 and the normal low is 29.
The long range forecast calls for the first half of February to have below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
“El Niño is still going pretty good,” Boyd noted. El Niño is the warm surface water event that appears every two to four years or so off the coast of Peru in the Pacific Ocean. Some years it is stronger than it is in others. The event is responsible for the storms that originate in California and move through the Southwest through Texas and the Gulf Coast bringing the rainy, snowy weather to Middle Tennessee.
As always, pay attention to local weather reports on commercial TV and radio or on NOAA Weather Radio, and drive carefully if you have to go out.
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.