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Wintry mix expected for this weekend

Friday, February 19, 2010

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David Wire
According to an area meteorologist, Clay County residents could be in for an interesting trip to work Monday after the weekend.

WTHI News 10 Meteorologist David Wire told The Brazil Times Friday two systems are heading into the area, both with the potential to cause travel problems.

Wire said one system was expected to move through the area Friday night into Saturday morning and wouldn't cause as much of a problem.

"It's an area of low pressure coming in from the west," Wire said. "It will be a quick event. This one will be in and out pretty fast."

Still, he said road conditions as a result of the system could be "definitely sloppy."

"It looks like as we warm up toward lunchtime (Saturday), we could see the snow trying to change into a rain/snow mix," Wire said, adding sleet was a possibility.

Despite this, Wire said he believed we could get an additional 1-2 inches of snow from the first system, but added he thought it would be closer to 1 inch.

The second system, according to Wire, is expected to hit the area Sunday evening and stay around into Monday.

Wire projected 2-4 inches of new precipitation from the second system, and after adding the total accumulation from both systems, he said he believed they could bring an additional 3-5 inches to the area.

The National Weather Service based in Indianapolis issued a special weather statement Friday morning calling for the possibility of 5-8 inches of additional precipitation, which was, however, "dependent on the track of the storm."

"I think we're going to fall more in the 5-inch range with this event," Wire said.

Wire said the second system is projected to bring "warmer" air with it, and warmer air holds more moisture, hence the possibility of more snow.

"The potential of a wintry mix exists," Wire said. "But I don't think it will be as large as the snow systems that came through recently."

Still, Wire said heading to work Monday morning could be a problem.

"We're going to have that wintry mix. It's not going to be all snow, unfortunately," Wire said. "Just be prepared. Just know now, you're going to need to give yourself extra time Monday (morning)."

Although the second system is expected to leave the area by Tuesday, Wire said he expected snow into the early portion of March.

"We are definitely in an active winter pattern this year, where we weren't as much last year," he said. "I don't think we are done with winter yet."


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Ole Dave. The only weatherman I have ever heard use the term "popcorn" thunderstorms. Popcorn..huh???

Yea, because they pop up like popcorn he said one time.

Take note Dave, 99% of the weathermen call them "popup" thunderstorms because they...aaaah, popup. Duh.

Is he really a Meteorologist ?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 9:39 PM


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