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Jan 30 2010
06:20 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Woke up to a little less than an inch of snow and slush. Streets are covered with it. TYS is reporting 33 degrees and light rain. Latest advisory from the NWS:

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON.

* TIMING: A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW WILL BECOME ALL SNOW BEFORE TAPERING OFF DURING THE AFTERNOON.

* ACCUMULATIONS: ADDITIONAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION UP TO 2 INCHES. ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATION OF UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH.

* IMPACTS: ROAD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE VERY HAZARDOUS. TREES AND POWER LINES MAY FALL DUE TO THE WEIGHT OF THE SNOW AND ICE CREATING POWER OUTAGES.

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redmondkr's picture

We Got Less Than Two Inches

The Woods at Cheneworth Gap, TN

Just got back from a little walk on Beaver Ridge at Cheneworth Gap. We got about 1 1/2 inches with ice on the trees. An icy rain began to fall about half way through our walk and we heard a very large tree snap and fall somewhere west of us on the ridge.

We visited the 'fort' (a cluster of big rocks) where I played as a kid.

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talidapali's picture

We have about six inches here in Halls...

at least here at our house.

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Tamara Shepherd's picture

Cold outside, hot inside

We got about 1 1/2 inches with ice on the trees.

Really, Kenny? I stuck a ruler in Dennis's coat pocket when he went out to walk the pups and he came back in saying the backyard got about 2 1/2 inches. Maybe dense tree cover on the ridge meant a little less accumulation there?

Trudge on around the corner when you get bored this aft. We just put some con queso with habanero peppers on the stove and thought we might crack open some premixed margaritas my cousin brought over.

Petros for supper, with chili enough to share, and three Redbox movies we're content to return late :-)

Brian A.'s picture

Epic fail

What makes it all the more comical is that the forecasts got more and more far-fetched the closer the storm got. 3-5", then 3-7", then 4-9", then 6-12", then 15"!

Idiots. I guess common sense goes out the window if it doesn't agree with the magic computer model.

From a statistical standpoint, why would anyone ever forecast more than 5" for Knox County? If you just stuck to that rule, regardless of what the computer says, you might miss on the downside, what, once every seven or eight years?

That would be a better track record than we see now.

Brian A.
I'd rather be cycling.

Somebody's picture

As long as I've been in East

As long as I've been in East Tennessee, the ingredients for a significant snowfall are almost always the combination of 1) a low pressure system that tracks from Texas, runs south of us, then through the Carolinas, and 2) a push of cold air that slides down from the northwest at the same time. Just about every time those ingredients coincide, Knoxville is within a short distance of the temperature line that demarks precipitation that is snow and precipitation that is not snow.

All that is to say that when the system sets up, the potential is there for a significant storm. Where that temperature line happens is the determining factor. Predicting precisely where that will be cannot be an easy task. Meteorologists deal in probabilities and risk assessment. Considering all the variables, they were quite close to accurate in their predictions for this storm. Had the temperature differential spent just a little more time lingering a few miles south of where it did, we would've had deep snow. As it is, most of Knoxville got what was predicted for Seymour. That's pretty close, when you think about it.

Rachel's picture

I think you guys are being

I think you guys are being too hard on the weather guys. They said all along it would depend on where the transition line ended up. That turned out to be pretty much right over Knoxville, so I can how forecasting could have been difficult.

That said, I do think some of the weather guys put too much drama into discussing impending snowfall. Ch. 10 is worse than ch. 6 about that.

BTW, we have about 3 inches on the ground. More fell but has melted or was washed away by the rain.

bizgrrl's picture

It's been snowing here since

It's been snowing here since 3 PM today.

Tired of it already. Would like to go for a walk without worrying about falling.

Andy Axel's picture

Would like to go for a walk

Would like to go for a walk without worrying about falling.

If you can find these...

(link...)

Mast might stock 'em. Might be a little late for this year, but these are a good item to have.

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bizgrrl's picture

They do look good. Have you

They do look good. Have you used them or something similar?

Andy Axel's picture

Used them today, as a matter

Used them today, as a matter of fact. They work well.

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redmondkr's picture

Funny, I measured 1 1/2

Funny, I measured 1 1/2 inches of snow in my back yard, Tamara is an eight minute walk away and got 2 1/2. A Flickr contact in Powell says he measured six inches.

Right now the temp here is 33° and the sun has already revealed a bit of pavement on my driveway.

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