Storm Update

28 February 2018   Dr. Curtis James
There may be more snow this weekend.

Forecast Discussion:

Attached is the latest storm update from the National Weather Service. The storm that is currently centered near San Diego has tapped into a descent low-level moisture plume from over the Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The cold frontal band associated with the low is now approaching the Prescott area and precipitation should begin shortly. The air is slightly unstable, so we could hear some thunder this evening (thunder snow). Most of the precipitation will fall as snow, as snow levels will generally be at or below 5,000’, although they could rise up to 5,300’ in the early evening. The NWS is forecasting 1-3” of snow for Prescott, although some of the high-resolution model forecasts are indicating greater snow totals, especially in the higher terrain around Prescott.

The forecasts have changed a bit for the coming weekend as well. A weather disturbance that was originally predicted to pass to our north is digging a little farther south than originally forecast. Expect windy weather Friday – Saturday and a slight possibility of light rain showers for Saturday – Sunday.

C. James

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