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Snowfall difficult to predict

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

David Wire
A couple of "dry spots" changed the current weather system Clay County is facing.

According to WTHI-TV News-10 meteorologist David Wire, the weather system hovering above the area was not expected to produce as much as originally anticipated.

"Now, there's less snowfall expected because of the way the system evolved," Wire said.

Wire referred to the dry spots as areas in the system with the possibility of little to no snow.

What originally was scheduled as a Winter Storm Warning for the county was downgraded to a Winter Storm Advisory through Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued the change early Tuesday morning.

Wire said a Winter Storm Warning is a "more severe event," stating more snow would be expected and blowing and drifting could be worse.

Wire said the dry spots were expected, but where they were was the tricky part.

"We just didn't know exactly where (they were)," he said.

Initially, the system called for as much as 5-9 inches of snow for the area. However, Wire told The Brazil Times Tuesday he didn't expect more than 5 inches and believed Clay County would see approximately 3-4 inches of snow.

"(Predicting snowfall) is the toughest forecast challenge," Wire said. "You have more time to analyze but it's one of the most difficult (forecasts). There are so many factors that go into it."

Wire said temperatures in Springfield, Ill., were hovering in the teens Tuesday afternoon and he expected the temperature to get cold quickly in the area.

"As the temperature drops, the winds are picking up," he said, adding wind speeds are expected as high as 30 mph through mid-Wednesday.

Wire said he expected a high of 25 by Wednesday, but believed wind chills could be near 0-degrees Tuesday evening.

He added the blowing and drifting of the snow would cause possible traffic hazards.

"It's not as bad as last week because we don't have the ice issue," Wire said, "but it's still going to be difficult because of the blowing and drifting."

He said motorists should expect slick spots on the road while traveling to work.

Due to the weather conditions Tuesday, Brazil Head Start, Clay City Head Start and the Clay Community School Corporation canceled school.

Brazil City Hall issued a two-hour delay for operational hours and cookie pickup for Clay County Girl Scouts was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 15.

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