Let It Snow!

February 11, 2010

I made it to Shreveport! I-49 was wet the whole way, but there was no ice to be found. We snuck into Shreveport in between snow systems. The first system, the one that has been giving us rain and sleet in Alexandria, will slowly give way to the more significant system that is tied to the upper air feature which is driving this whole mess. Judging by our updated model data, it will still be very close in Alexandria with respect to snow. The warm layer could stick around until 9:00-11:00 P.M. I kind of think we’ll keep our mix of precipitation types until then. As the upper air feature draws near, colder air aloft will move in and switch us to snow. I think that even with the incredible amount of moisture available, we’ll probably end up seeing 1-4 inches of snow in Alexandria.

There certainly is the chance for totals as high as 8 inches in isolated spots, though I think that will be just a hair north of town. A few miles will make a big difference with this storm, so we could end up seeing those high totals, I just think the chances of more modest totals is a bit higher. If you are south of a DeRidder to Oakdale to Simmesport line, I really think accumulations will be tough to come by, though someone could end up with a slushy inch if everything lines up right.

Here in Shreveport it is almost completely below freezing through the atmosphere. The only exception is a small layer just above freezing near the surface. It’s been all snow and should stay that way. If you are anywhere from Natchitoches to Shreveport to Monroe to Jena, expect 4-7 inches, with an outside chance of someone getting near 10 inches of snow!

Everything will wind down from west to east. The snow will end in Leesville and Shreveport around 3:00 – 5:00 this morning. It will end in Alexandria around 6:00 – 7:00 A.M, and in Natchez by around 10:00 A.M. Drive safe if you have to go out tonight. Things will get much worse the later it gets tonight.


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