A storm-packed storm system will march across the southern United States through the weekend into early next week. (Capital Weather Gang and Pivotal Weather) El Niño winters like the one we are entering are known for their moisture-rich southern storms. Maybe it is a huge surprise, that is a great winter storm in the Southern United States, which could dump in the Southern Appalachians. This developing winter storm, with Pacific origins, will affect the Southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic. The storm kicks into the gear Friday and the lasts into the early next week before departing. As soon as possible, it was in the Arkansas / Missouri border region. Additional watches and warnings will be extended into the days to come.
(National Weather Service) On Friday, a low-pressure system begins to form over Texas and northern Mexico. Heavy rain spreads across Texas. Wintry precipitation is expected from New Mexico through the Texas Panhandle and eventually into parts of Oklahoma heading into Saturday. In the warm sector of this storm system, across the South, widespread rainfall. A big chunk of East Texas may end with six inches of rain, including Houston, San Antonio and Austin. In this region, the flood warnings are up because of the heavy rainfall. Any severe storm threat limited to the northern Gulf Coast, thus limiting the northward expansion of the warm and humid air. Storms containing damaging winds and hail could develop into parts of the South, especially Saturday.
Precipitation totals (including melted ice and snow) (Capital Weather Gang and Pivotal Weather) This is a limited edition, with a swath of wintry. Snow totals are likely to first peak in the Southern Plains and Ozarks into Saturday, easing some through the Tennessee Valley before the Southern Appalachians on Sunday. Along with the snow threat, especially in the Southern Plains. Widespread freezing rain accumulations 0.10 inches to 0.25 inches are possible northwest Texas through southwest Oklahoma and into northwest Arkansas. Some locations may be seen. In Oklahoma City, where 3 to 6 inches of snow and ice are predicted Friday morning through Saturday night, shoppers are clearing grocery store of staples: ❄️BREAD AND MILK! ️☃️Bread aisle looking bare! Edie's Walmart. People buying bread ahead of the major snowstorm. pic.twitter.com/YIsaqZrqtJ– Abigail Ogle (@KOCOAbigail) December 6, 2018 The most important impact may be the Southern Appalachians. In Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia, Saturday night through Sunday night. Heavy snow may also blanket portions of North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and Kentucky and southwest Virginia. Some of the high terrain in western North Carolina.
Snowfall forecast from the United States of America. (weatherbell.com) A number of population centers in western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia are likely to see substantial accumulation. Asheville: 12 to 24 inches Blacksburg: 8 to 14 inches Roanoke: 5 to 10 inches Lynchburg: 3 to 6 inches If a foot of snow falls in Asheville, it would mark the fifth-biggest storm on record. 18.2 inches to top the biggest snowstorm on record, from March 1993, which is a possibility. 22 "of snow for / near #Asheville, NC. In the Superstorm of 1993. Here are the top 5 snowstorms in the Asheville history.
1. 18.2 "March 1993
2. 16.3 "Dec 1971
3. 15.9 "Feb 1969
4. 14.0: Jan 1988
5. 11.5 "April 1987 pic.twitter.com/m7L6Ibtudn– Mike Bettes (@mikebettes) December 5, 2018 Some questions remain about the intensity of snowfall. Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and Richmond are waiting to be seen in this area. How to accumulate snowfall makes it into the Mid-Atlantic is up for much debate. The dividing line between the snow and just flurries may be set up in Central Virginia around Charlottesville – which could see several inches or just a dusting on the storm's northward extent. The Washington region seems unlikely to be snowfall, but it's certainly possible to get into the Atlantic Ocean, especially if it shifts north.