Posted by: pyeager | January 8, 2011

Southern Snow and Ice Storm on the Way

By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

As if the South and mid-Atlantic region haven’t had enough snow and ice between last winter and the start of this winter, another major winter storm is on the way for this region.

The map below shows the watches and warnings as of mid-afternoon Saturday, and you can click on the map to see the latest National Weather Service watches and warnings.

US watches and warnings on January 8, 2010

US watches and warnings on January 8, 2010

Eight inches might occur in parts Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, with a mixture of freezing rain, snow, and sleet to the south of heaviest snow band.

I have more details in my AOL story (Winter Storm Will Slam South and East Coast).

I know that it’s popular to mock southerners for their inability to deal with the snow, but think about it for a minute. They have little snow-removal equipment, small staffs dedicated to snow removal, less salt and chemicals with which to treat the roads, and the vehicles are not as prepared for snow as in northern climates.

Snow is a more serious problem in the south than the north.

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  1. Hey Paul, just read Weather Why’s and thoroughly enjoyed the facts and humorous views, looking foward to future writings. I am self employed and my “talents” (I use that term loosely) are associated with severe weather, when people find out what I do they constantly throw out the “myths” or ” wive’s tales”, I used to try and dispel their beliefs but would always have to surrender due to the fact maybe that 77 year old man sittin’ at the coffee shop has definitely seen more weather than I. That said, I will gladly plagiarize

    • That’s very kind…thanks!


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