Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Snow Picking up in Intensity, Travel not Advised
Looking at the latest satellite and radar composites, weather watcher and blogger snowfall, liquid to snow equivalents, and the latest model data it still looks like we are on track for 4 to 8 inches of snowfall across our area. You see some of the hometown forecasts above showing the total forecast snowfall between now and Wednesday afternoon. Here are the snowfall totals so far below as of 7 p.m. Remember the storm is still forming down in Arkansas.
I really appreciate all of your snowfall totals and I have been also sharing these with the National Weather Service offices to help them as well since they are still on the fence whether to issue a winter storm warning for our area. The 2 p.m. run of models seemed to have a bit of trouble handling the amount of moisture riding to the north so they were forced once again into a wait and see approach. But if you are seeing what I am on the latest radar trends I think we can all agree that a better safe than sorry approach works here and with all the travelers between here and Indianapolis I think a winter storm warning is warranted especially with a good portion of our area expecting an upwards of 6 inches of snow and more. Precisioncast 18 verifies this nicely below with those heavy blue bands having no trouble moving in here by 11 p.m.
The Weather Service offices will take another look at this during the evening ahead of our heaviest snow which will move in between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The newest data I plugged into our WLFI SUPER SNOW MODEL is showing an additonal 4 to 6 inches of snow in our area in addition to what we have already received which easily meets warning criteria. Whatever happens we all know to take this Super Bowl storm seriously and the guys at the Weather Service who do a great job want to make sure you take it seriously no matter if they upgrade or not, especially with all of the accidents taking place out there. I am going to go post an updated storm web video on wlfi.com and will check back with you in a bit. Remember to send in some pictures and keep those snow totals coming because they do make a huge difference.