Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Winter Storm Watch...for a 1-2 Inch Event

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of southcentral Texas, including the Austin-San Antonio corridor and points East, for Thursday night and Friday morning.

I'm a big fan of winter weather, and we don't get much of it down this way, but I must say I had to chuckle when I saw the Watch being issued.  After observing the deluge of ice and snow over a 2,000 mile swath of the nation the last 2 days, it seems almost comical to issue a Winter Storm Watch along with a forecast of 1-3 inches of snow.  But then again, we are talking about South Texas - and everything, especially having to do with the weather, is relative!

Right now, it looks to me like the Austin/San Antonio areas can expect about 1 inch of snow on average Thursday night and Friday morning.  Areas further East of I-35 could receive 2-3 inches in some spots.

NWS Probability of at least 1 inch of Snow 6pm Thursday-6pm Friday

I'll continue monitoring computer models and other data and post a more precise forecast/outlook tomorrow...

If you're getting really excited and want to make sure you measure the snow properly, you might want to take a look at this guide.

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