A December rarity – there is more snow on the ground in South Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana this morning than over most of the Upper Midwest and Plains. Unseasonably cold air has pushed into the Deep South, coupled with a low pressure center and front to bring an early season snowfall.
Totals have reached 4″ to 6″ in a few areas of Texas and Mississippi. The majority of accumulations have been from a dusting to a couple of inches.
More snow is on the way, especially for the Mid Atlantic and Northeast as the low moves eastward. Winter Storm Warnings extend from South Texas to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Winter Storm Watches have been issued in New Jersey and Maine, with Winter Weather Advisories from Washington D.C. to New England. More than 6″ may accumulate, especially in the watch areas.
The low pressure center will move out of the Gulf of Mexico, across Florida, and into the Atlantic Ocean today. Plenty of moisture and cold air is in place for additional snowfall, falling in the Mississippi Valley and Southeast.
On Saturday, the low will push northeastward through the Atlantic. A shield of snow will fall on the systems backside, stretching from Charlotte, NC to Bangor, ME. The low will begin to move far enough away from the Eastern Seaboard Sunday and snowfall will diminish.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels