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The Return of Winter - Big Snow Next Week?

Winter just doesn't want to give up this year.  There should be some snow mixed with rain in the northern parts of Greenville and Spartanburg County today.  The western North Carolina mountains is where accumulating snow will fall (up to 5 inches at the highest elevations).  Snow may eventually mix with rain down to Anderson and Union by late afternoon/early evening as low pressure develops off the Carolina coast and arctic air moves in.  Northeast georgia may see a mix in the morning with little accumulation.  This, however, is not our last chance at snow.  It will be very cold and windy Thursday and chilly Friday.  There may be some snow in southern parts of the Upstate and central Georgia Saturday, too, but not enough to accumulate.

Next week is when things could get interesting.  A strong low pressure system will cross the Gulf of Mexico and move up the East Coast next week setting the stage for a possible snowstorm for the Southeast March 2-3 (next week).  This is the storm I have been excited about for some time now, and it is STILL on the models.  This is a sign that it will likely happen.  The key questions are:

1)  Will the cold air hang around long enough and not modify to allow it to snow?

2)  What track will the low take?  Will we be on the cold northwestern quadrant of the storm?

3)  Will we be close enough to the low to get enough moisture for snow?

I thinkt this is our best shot at a good snow, and it may be our last one.  There is one more possibility around March 10-12, but that is pretty late climate wise for the Upstate to get snow.  Stay tuned, and be forewarned that there may be some exciting wintry weather next week.  Enjoy any snow you see today too! 


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