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Snow chances next weekend? Not so fast!

So the social media swirl has started because of a few curious models runs showing snow chances next weekend in the Carolinas. As usual with long range model data, especially in late March it’s mostly bogus. No model is believable this far out, let alone for snow in late March. Read more

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Late Weekend storm sets the stage for cold and stormy weather next week.

The winds have been howling all day. They are slowing calming down tonight which will make for a cold dry start to the weekend. Sunday the clouds increase and as a storm system heads our way. This storm is mainly just a cold rain, but it could help to set up a pattern that could be conducive for winter weather next week. Now there is not a specific storm I would say is going to produce winter weather but the pattern is favorable for our neck of the woods. Read more

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Does it have to snow in Atlanta for it to snow in Charlotte? No!

Ever since I have been in Charlotte now 12 years and counting. I’ve always heard this saying, “If it doesn’t snow in Atlanta it’s not going to snow in Charlotte”. It was kind of an odd thing, even though the first several snow storms I experienced in 2002 and 2003 didn’t cause snow in Atlanta. Ever since then I have been keeping tallies of the myth/folklore and can understand how this started and why it may be true at times but more often than not it just doesn’t work out that way. Read more

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30 years ago when the Polar Vortex really came to the U.S.

30 years ago the U.S was about to endure what was called the “Freeze of the Century”. Chances are no matter where you lived at the time you remember this. I was a young child and remember the -24° in Akron, Ohio, which was the coldest in the entire U.S. for that date. I had  an indoor soccer game and ran inside with shorts on! This was a memorable outbreak for the Southeast as both North and South Carolina set all-time state record lows. Charlotte set its all-time record low of -5° on the morning of Jan 21st, 1985. The high that day was just 24°. This was after -2 the morning before.  Read more

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Weekend Storm is looking all rain right now except for the mountains.

The pattern is changing and we are going into a much stormier pattern starting this upcoming weekend. If you are a snow lover you might need to wait a while longer for a “real” threat of wintry weather. As is often the case with the 1st storm in a pattern change you just don’t have the cold air for snow. In the Carolinas you’d like to see the cold air establish itself first then get a storm if you are a snow lover. This weekends storm is just lacking serious cold air to work with. It doesn’t mean we can’t see some wintry mix especially in the mountains or even north of I-40 though.  Read more

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Pre-Christmas weather pattern looks active

Lots of buzz about the pattern change for the Dec 20-24 time period, which is looking more and more likely. It’s one thing to be confidence in a stormy pattern and quite another to even entertain specifics of wintry weather when we are still in the 7-14 day time frame. Here’s what we know right now and more importantly what we don’t know.  Read more