I don’t like to sit on the sidelines of very many weather phenomena. The Midwest winter storm is a major exception. With snowfall totals in excess of 20″ in spots forecasted (looking on track if that water vapor imagery is any indication), I’ll be glad to avoid it. Its trailing front will swing through the Lowcountry, but will bring us showers and some occasionally gusty winds instead of a blizzard. Good luck to everybody who will be affected by the storm.
Today was remarkable in Charleston for another reason than a historic day in America; depending on where you were, it snowed! It will continue to do so, too, throughout the evening and into tonight. Here’s a radar still from 6:00 PM, showing where snow has been reported (lots of places!)
NWS Charleston has noted accumulations of up to a quarter inch in Colleton County, with a trace of snow throughout the Charleston metro. I, personally, have seen a few flakes but nothing really out of the ordinary just yet. I’ll take video if/when I do. However, it seems as if the heaviest snow is remaining to the south and west; no telling if it will creep a bit more northeast. NWS keeps us in a 60% chance of snow and a Winter Weather Advisory until 11 PM, so it’s likely that we’ll see a bit more snow in the area before it’s over. Major accumulations aren’t expected; rather, the threat will be from puddles where it rained/sleeted earlier this morning refreezing overnight, as temperatures are expected to dip into the lower 20s inland (mid-20s near the coast). Wind chills will be somewhere in the low teens again. (It’s clear that Old Man Winter is reasserting himself after that absolutely balmy December.) Be very careful driving tomorrow morning in rush hour!
This morning I started the #omgsnow09 hashtag for Twitter users to make snow reports; there have been a lot of reports in North Charleston, and a couple in Summerville as well. Keep an eye on that one throughout the evening as more reports roll in. Also, watch @chswx on Twitter for updates as needed.
So yeah. It’s cold outside, in case you haven’t noticed. Consider today’s numbers at the College of Charleston’s weather station — the temperature was only above 50 for a short time past midnight — we didn’t get back there. Temperatures are freefalling into the 30s at the time of this writing (roughly 9:30 PM) and will continue to drop.
This is fairly out of line for November — we’re usually dipping into the 40s for lows fairly regularly at this point, but we still typically see mid-to-upper 60s. We’re getting close to record cold, actually, for this time of year — the record low for this time of year was 29 set back in 1965, and we could blow that away.
Needless to say, the growing season will likely end tonight. Bring your plants inside, if possible, because they will likely not survive the night. Also, stay bundled up — layers, layers, layers! I know I’ll be digging for the long johns a bit earlier than I anticipated this time around.
The forecast indicates a small rebound later on into the week, but even if we top out at 60 degrees on Friday, we’re still well below normal for this time of year. Stay warm out there…