As of 9:00pm Wednesday the entire Pine Belt was queued up for a winter storm watch, from Thursday evening until Friday afternoon. Essentially this means that there's potential for significant snow accumulation which may impact travel. The Jackson, MS national weather service office will reexamine the need for a winter storm warning at approximately 4:00am Thursday.
The ingredients appear to be on the counter when it comes to making snow.
- High pressure to the north has helped establish some cold air.
- There's a strong moist jets stream just to our west that's feed moisture this way.
- Plus we have an area of low pressure which should deepen around southeast Texas overnight and into tomorrow.
If everything stays on track, we will likely see light rain, light sleet, and light snow during the late afternoon Thursday. During the late evening hours we may see the snow pick up in intensity. Worst case scenario, we may have heavy snow overnight, resulting in 2-6 inches of snow in parts of the WDAM viewing area.
Friday afternoon all the significant snowfall should be over. Temps may briefly rise above freezing during the day which will allow for a little melting, but hazardous road conditions may be an issue Friday night as well.
Thursday/Friday night coverage
Here in the Seven on Your Side weather office, we will be monitoring the storm overnight. Assuming the snow comes to fruition, we'll be doing live weather updates on air at approximately the top of every hour, starting just after 9:00pm. The main goal will be to quickly show you a radar and fill you in on the latest road conditions in the Pine Belt. These cut-ins will happen through out the night, so feel free to stay up late with us.
If/when we receive information on school or business cancellations in the Pine Belt we will pass them on to you as soon as we get them. Public and private K-12 schools that elect to close will scroll on our screen, be listed on our website, and will be announced in our newscast. You will be able to find all other closed establishments listed on our website only.