Meridian Star

January 16, 2013

Snow flurries may be coming

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —    Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Jackson said Tuesday afternoon the sun will come back — they just aren't sure exactly when that will be.

    It seems for the first 16 days of 2013 the clouds and rain have reigned supreme and the rainfall data since the New Year began backs up that fact.

    Since Jan. 1, Key Field in Meridian has registered 7.39 inches of rainfall. Monday, Key Field had almost an inch of rain. Considering the normal amount of rainfall for this time of year through the first 16 days is 2.06 inches, Key Field and Meridian has endured a soaking 5.33 inches over normal.

    Some of this rain may switch over to snow for short periods on Thursday night, said meteorologists. They said the temperatures Thursday night should be below freezing and the chance some snow may accumulate is minimal but snow might stick to some higher elevations such as trees, power lines and even bridges.

    The culprit has been a stalled frontal system over the lower Mississippi Valley  that sucked moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Meteorologists said small disturbances created by the gulf steam of moisture have moved like a conveyor belt up the length of the frontal boundary bringing the rain, and sleet and snow to more northern areas of central Arkansas and Mississippi. The frontal boundary extends through the Tennessee valley into the Northeast acting as a rain, sleet, snow pipeline said meteorologists.

    By Friday, meteorologists expect the rain to finally stop having moved slowly northeastward. Clouds may still be the norm but by Saturday and Sunday the sun, meteorologists said, should make an appearance. Highs are expected to be in the 50s by the weekend with lows in the low 40s and upper 30s in some places.

    Winds should not be brisk giving the weekend the best chance for the area to dry out.