February 23, 2015 - UNITED STATES - Winter Storm Quantum will continue to spread snow and ice from the Rockies to parts of the South. This storm will have multiple rounds, or waves, of wintry precipitation, impacting a large area through Tuesday. As you might expect, this will create very hazardous travel conditions at times.
Winter Storm Quantum Bringing Snow, Ice to Texas, Deep South and Rockies (FORECAST)Monday morning, a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain was ongoing across parts of the Southern Plains. This mixture was impacting northern Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area where thunder accompanied the sleet. Farther west, snow continued to fall in the mountains of the Four Corners region.
WATCH: Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari talks about the ice, snow, and rain threats from Winter Storm Quantum. The storm could also bring ice to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
(MORE: Ice Threat in Dallas-Ft. Worth | Quantum's Impacts)
Snow and Ice Timing
- More snow falls from the Four Corners region of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado to parts of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma.
- Sleet, freezing rain and some snow will persist to the south in central and north-central, northeast Texas, Arkansas, northern Louisiana and northern Mississippi. Thunder could accompany the sleet on Monday morning in north Texas.
- Cities to Watch: San Angelo | Dallas | Amarillo | Shreveport
- Lingering light freezing rain may slide from eastern Texas to northern and central Louisiana and parts of central Mississippi. A light mixture of rain and snow is also possible in parts of the Southeast.
- Cities to Watch: College Station | Shreveport | Jackson | Atlanta
- A mixture of rain and snow is possible in parts of northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. Light icing could reach as far south as Charleston, South Carolina. Accumulations will be light, however slick travel conditions are still possible. Snow continues over the mountains of New Mexico, southern Colorado and northern Arizona.
- Cities to Watch: Charlotte | Charleston | Asheville
- The heaviest snow accumulations from Quantum will be in the Rockies, with storm totals over a foot in some areas.
- A mixture of freezing rain and sleet is expected in the Dallas-Forth Worth metro through Monday. Localized areas could see up to an inch or two of sleet.
- Light freezing rain accumulations Monday into early Tuesday from central Texas to northern/central Louisiana and central Mississippi. Light icing possible as far east and south as Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday. This will mainly be a travel hazard rather than a threat of power outages and tree damage.
- Light snow accumulations possible across northern Georgia and Upstate South Carolina early Tuesday.
As an upper-level system ejects out of the Southwest, another winter storm may take shape in the South Tuesday night through Wednesday night. For full details on that story, click the link below.
(MORE: Another Southern Snowmaker?)
Snow on the ground in 48 statesSnow is on the ground in at least 48 of 50 U.S. states, according to three separate national snow cover maps.
Florida has no snow on the ground according to all of the maps, of that we can be sure. But the three maps I looked at don't agree on the other snow-free state: It could be South Carolina, it could be Louisiana or possibly Mississippi. Anybody in those three states see snow?
|Today's snow cover map from WSI/Intellicast shows snow in every state except Florida and South Carolina. (Photo: WSI/Intellicast)|
But regardless of whether those three states have snow on the ground now, some snow is forecast to fall this week on all of them. Florida will remain the lone holdout, as no snow is predicted there.
And yes, I had to look at the Mauna Kea webcams in Hawaii to see that a patch of snow is there, atop the high mountain location in the Aloha State.
None of the maps show Alaska, but heck, it's Alaska and it's February, so I know they have snow there (though they had to change the route of the Iditarod sled dog race due to lack of snow in parts of the state.)
Though some snow is on the ground in the mountainous West, it's still rather paltry in states such as California and Oregon.
"There are major water concerns out West when it comes to the snow reservoir in the mountainous West," said snow expert David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist.
Overall, NOAA's site says that over half of the U.S. is snow-covered now. - USA Today.
Coldest Months On Record In Detroit: February 2015 Could Be Among Top 5
February 2015 could be one for the record books in terms of cold weather. Accuweather’s Dean DeVore says the coldest month ever was in January 1977, with an average temperature of just under 13 degrees, and we’ve got a shot at breaking that record.
“I’m doing some calculations but I think we are on track here to have the coldest month ever in Detroit, the way things are looking,” said DeVore. “And it’s going to be brutally cold here today.”
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Dean says another arctic blast is blowing into town late Tuesday –and won’t be leaving until the weekend.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers talked about the unfortunate winter weather pattern that’s been persisting.
“It’s like an open spigot from like Barrow, Alaska down to the Great Lakes. Meantime, they can’t buy a drop of rain on the west coast for the past month or so,” Bowers said. “It’s been wicked. It really is quite a contrast. The western half of the country is having an extremely warm winter, and here it really is more like the Northwest Territories in our backyard
“We’re running about almost 12 degrees below normal his month.”
Monday: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 8F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy during the evening followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low -6F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday: Gusty winds. Snow showers developing in the afternoon. High 20F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow.
Tuesday Night: Snow showers before midnight. Becoming partly cloudy later. Low 16F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
- CBS Detroit.
Cleveland records -5 degree temperature early Monday, setting record for date
The temperature dropped to -5 degrees early Monday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, setting a new record low for the date.
The previous record low was -4 degrees, set in 1873. The last time the temperature fell below zero on Feb. 23 was in 1889, when it dropped to -3, according to data from the National Climatic Data Center and National Weather Service.
The temperature has dropped to a record-low level in Cleveland three times in the past five days. It dropped to -4 degrees Thursday, tying a record established in 1936.
The temperature fell to -17 degrees Friday, shattering the previous record of -4 set in 1968. It was the coldest day in Cleveland since the all-time record low of -20 set in January 1994, the National Weather Service said.
It was also the fourth-coldest day in the city's history.
A wind-chill advisory remains in effect Monday due to winds that could make it feel like -20 degrees. However, it will be mostly sunny.
Hundreds of schools, including those in Cleveland and Akron, cancelled classes Monday. The cold also caused 30-minute delays on all Greater Cleveland RTA trains.
A list of the coldest days in Cleveland history can be found here. - Cleveland.
Boston Clergy Share A Prayer For Snow-Weary CityThe winter from hell is bringing people of all faiths together in Boston.
Reverends, rabbis and imams appear in a YouTube video posted Friday by the Temple Israel of Boston called “A message from the clergy of Boston. . .,” directed at those sick of the snow.
“In this winter of record-breaking snow Boston clergy share a prayer. . . and a shovel,” the introduction states, before 13 religious leaders take turns offering words of support from different corners of the city.
Boston has received 99.9 inches of snow this winter, its second-highest total in recorded history. The unprecedented snowfall has devastated public transportation, collapsed dozens of roofs and made life generally miserable for residents stricken with snow fatigue.
WATCH: A message from the clergy of Boston.
“Boston, are you weary?” asks Rev. Jay Williams of Union United Methodist Church.
“Weary of digging out?” says Rev. Burns Stanfield of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston.
The video asks Boston residents to turn to each other for support and think of those who “don’t have the luxury of snow days” who are having a tough winter.
“We have each other to lend a hand, to share a smile,” the clergy say. “We have each other to tend and befriend.”
“Can I get an Amen?” asks Rev. June Cooper of the City Mission Society of Boston.
The video has more than 7,000 views so far.
List of video participants, in order of appearance:
Reverend Jay Williams, Union United Methodist Church
Rabbi Matt Soffer, Temple Israel of Boston
Reverend Burns Stanfield, Fourth Presbyterian Church South Boston and President of GBIO
Reverend Nancy Taylor, Old South Church
Reverend Dan Smith, First Church Cambridge
Reverend Rosemary Lloyd, First Church Boston
Reverend Sam Lloyd, Trinity Church
Cantor Jodi Sufrin, Temple Beth Elohim
Rabbi Ronne Friedman, Temple Israel of Boston
Suzan M. El-Rayess, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Imam Ismail Fenni, Islamic Society of Boston
Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond, Bethel AME Church
Reverend June Cooper, City Mission Society of Boston - CBS Boston.
Ann Arbor breaks record low temperature set in 1900
|Librarian Megan Hartline makes her way across the Diag at the University
of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 5, 2014. |
Patrick Record | The Ann Arbor News (Patrick Record)
Ann Arbor woke up to a new record low temperature Monday morning.
At 7 a.m., the temperature in Ann Arbor was minus 7, said University of Michigan weather observer Dennis Kahlbaum. It was still falling at that point, but that was already low enough to break the previous record low of minus 5 for Feb. 23 set on this date in 1900.
With the wind chill, the temperature felt a good bit colder than that. A wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service was in effect until noon. Wind chill values could reach between minus 15 to minus 20, according to the advisory.
In these conditions, frostbite is possible within 30 minutes of exposure and hypothermia poses a risk as well.
A new wind chill advisory may also be issued for Monday evening when the wind chill is expected to reach minus 15 once again, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service.
The area will see some relief Tuesday when temperatures are expected to rise to about 19 degrees, but the area will likely see some snow as well.
Temperatures are then expected to fall and remain at 15 degrees or lower for the rest of the week. Wind chill advisories may also be needed then, according to the outlook. - MLIVE.