A large shield of precipitation along a cold front draped near the Gulf Coast will slowly move to the South on Friday. Meanwhile from the North, cold air will seep in to the northern half of the precipitation. This air will be just cold enough for snow to fall in the Southeast! There is a catch, however. Some of the models are forecasting up to half a foot of snowfall for portions of the Southeast on Friday, but temperatures will be slightly above freezing into the mid 30’s. Now if the snow falls at a heavy enough rate, then these snowfall amounts may verify for some locations, especially in the higher elevations.
The snow will begin to break out before sunrise in parts of Southern Louisiana into Southern Mississippi. As the morning progresses, a line of snow will develop, changing from rain in Louisiana through the southern Appalachian Mountains in the western Carolinas. This snow will persist for most of these locations into the midday hours before beginning to wind down by the evening. Some snow may continue for parts of western Georgia and Alabama Friday night as well as in the western Carolinas.
At the same time, a coastal storm will develop off the Southeast coast. Therefore, the precipitation from the front and coastal storm will lead to a continuation of snow for portions of the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic coast on Friday night.
In terms of snow accumulations, there will be a narrow band of three to six inches that sets up across the Southeast. We think in the higher elevations of the Carolinas, a couple areas may receive just over that threshold and maybe in a few locations of the deep South.
Either way, it’s snow in the South! Enjoy the snow! Take it slow on the roadways because we are hearing of reports of travel issues due to heavier snowfall rates so many schools are closed.