Sunday, January 03, 2010

3.5 inches of snow, more potentially on its way

The view outside my front door.

We finally had some measurable snow in Springfield, and it looks like midweek could easily double what we received today.

"Another storm system will impact the area from Wednesday through Thursday," says the National Weather Service in its most recent Hazardous Weather Outlook statement. "This feature will bring additional snow accumulations to the Ozarks."

In this morning's forecast discussion, forecasters are already anticipating a winter storm warning this week and a high snowfall ratio.

"... Given the structure of this system, warning criteria snow accumultions will likely be observed somewhere either within or near the Ozarks region," the discussion says. "One factor that could enhance snow accumulations by the end of the week is the unusually cold airmass. Ratios, much like tonight, could end up being around 15:1, which is unusual for this part of the country."

That airmass that will increase the liquid-to-snowfall measure ratio is expected to be frigid — day and night.

"A very cold week is on tap for the region. Much of the area will not observe above freezing temperatures for the entire week," says the NWS. "The coldest portion of the week will be Thursday into Friday, where highs in most locations will not warm out of the teens and lows will be firmly in the single digits."

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