Bizarro Winter Continues in the South

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As the “snoverkill” blizzard continues to pummel parts of the mid-Atlantic, another storm is brewing in the southwest.  Winter weather advisories and winter storm watches are in effect from southeast NM/west TX across the South to extreme southwest GA.  The winter weather advisories call for mostly 1-3 inches of snow across west-central and northern Texas tonight and tomorrow.

From there, the storm slides eastward and taps into more Gulf of Mexico moisture, which will likely result in higher snow totals for parts of east TX, LA, MS, and AL.  Right now, the forecast calls for snow accumulations in the 3-6″ range along and South of I-20 in LA and MS.  Locations such as Tyler, TX, Shreveport and Monroe, LA,  and Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS will experience significant snowfall for their geographic location.  Snowflakes may even fly as far South as Baton Rouge, LA and Mobile, AL by the end of the week.

This storm is just another in a long line of southern stream storms experienced so far this Winter.  Of course, this is nothing unexpected.  The Winter outlooks from NOAA and Accuweather’s Joe Bastardi both predicted a predominantly “wet” South this year.  (Bastardi seems to have more accurately predicted the mid-Atlantic white doom seen this season.)  Still, the fact that places like DC, Baltimore and Philly are leading Minneapolis, Chicago, and Cleveland in the total snow department is more than a little surprising.

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