Wintry weather coming Wednesday
UPDATE as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.
There are a few changes – First, it looks like coastal communities will be getting little less snow than we first predicted and freezing rain will take a little bit longer than we anticipated to convert to snow.
We are still getting snow tomorrow. Up to 2 inches across much of Southeast Georgia and the Low Country. Interior places like Statesboro, Hinesville may get up to three inches of snow.
By 7:30 a.m. – Savannah and Hilton Head should begin to see some freezing rain move in. Outlying counties like Appling and Jeff Davis county could see some snow around that time as well.
By 10:30 a.m. – The radar will look more like a rainbow because depending on where you are will be what you get. Toward the south like Darien will see rain. Savannah, Hilton Head, Fort Stewart, Jesup will all have freezing rain/sleet. Outlying places like Statesboro and Claxton will start to see snow.
By 12 p.m. – The freezing rain/sleet fully converts to snow and that’s when we start to see some significant accumulation.
By 2 p.m. – I anticipate the conditions being conducive for everyone to have snow
By 5:30 p.m. – Things start winding down
By 7 p.m. - We expect skies to begin to clear
The threat however won’t be over. I anticipate a number of reports of some power outages, icy bridges, roads, black ice and icy sidewalks.
UPDATE as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Right now the majority of our viewing area is under a Winter Storm Warning.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
Everyone in Southeast Georgia and The Low Country will experience life threathening cold temperature and a wintry mix tomorrow.
Right now the storm is forming off the coast of central Florida. It is expected to move into our Southeast Georgia area sometime overnight around 4-6 a.m. and combine with the frigid air we have now.
Southern counties like McIntosh will see the rain/sleet begin around 4 a.m. Savannah, Tybee and Hilton Head will likely start to see some winter precipitation around 6-7:30am.
Portions of our area could see up to a tenth of an inch of ice. Eventually, it will convert to snow/sleet mix. East of I-95 will see the largest impacts. By 12 p.m., all of us will see snow. Final snow accumulations will be anywhere from a dusting to 3 inches. There are some models also showing that inland communities like Springfield and Hinesville could see up to 4 inches of snow. It will all depend on when the moisture arrives.
The wind will start to pick up later tonight. There is a strong possibility we could see wind gusts up to 25 mph. With air temperatures hovering in the 20s-30s, expect real feel temps to be in the teens if not single digits again by tomorrow night.
Because of the likelihood of wind gusts and ice/sleet sticking to power lines, I expect power outages particularly North of Savannah. We could see some outages at night even after the storm moves out of Savannah because of sleet bringing down tree limbs and power lines.
Another concern is the freezing of roads, bridges and sidewalks. Black ice will be a problem likely into Thursday. I am expecting a lot of fender benders as people tomorrow and Thursday.
I expect the airport to cancel the majority of air travel tomorrow. I expect more district to cancel school tomorrow. Many kids will enjoy their extra day off of school.
The last time we got snow was on January 23, 2016 however those were just flurries.
The last significant snowfall was on February 12, 2010 when Savannah got just under an inch 0.9 inches to be exact.
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2018 is starting off very cold and we already have our first Winter Storm Watch for Bacon, Jeff Davis, Wayne counties.
Everyone will see some form of wintry precipitation with this storm. Expected totals of freezing rain/sleet/snow are anywhere from a trace to 3 inches. Areas east of 95 along the coast line including Savannah and Beaufort, SC will likely see the biggest amounts of sleet and snow. The system is moving from central Florida northward. It will impact southern counties late tonight/overnight including McIntosh before moving up the coast line. Savannah, Tybee and Hilton Head will all see some accumulation between 1-3 inches.
I remain very concerned about the colder temperatures. We’re talking about lows in the teens and 20s in many spots tonight. This will make roads, bridges and sidewalks very slippery. Inland areas will have colder temperatures so the greatest threat for black ice will be farther inland.
Wind Chill Advisories will likely be in effect again tonight and tomorrow.
This storm will ramp up in the early morning hours around 3-5 a.m. It will stick around throughout much of the morning. By the afternoon, the storm should clear out of our area and we could see the sun but it will still be very cold. Even if we see the sun tomorrow, there will still be a number of slick spots.
I’m expecting a number of flights to be delayed or canceled tomorrow. I anticipate most will be cancelled because conditions will not be conducive for flying.
I also anticipate several schools districts being cautious and canceling school tomorrow.
I’m not expecting any power outages inland. However, there may be a few north of Savannah due to the wintry mix.
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