3/12/13 – Rapidly Changing Weather Situation Alert

3-12-14LWhile original projections from the past few days have been seeing more of a mixed bag of precipitation falling in the WCDO listening area, the situation has become much more “fluid” over the past 12 hours or so.   What exactly you will experience depends heavily on how temperatures hold in your immediate area, with heavy variances in precipitation texture and depths depending on your location and topography .

The southern half of the WCDO listening area may experience more of a wet slush, sleet, and rain event rather than heavy snow.  The northwest portion of the listening area may receive more of a heavy wet snowfall, while the northeast area may be back to a heavy slushy mix.  It will depend greatly on where the temperature bands establish themselves.  Where exactly these mid and upper level temperature bands of the storm end up will determine if you receive heavy snow or rain in your immediate area, or something more in the middle.

Be aware of varying road conditions when travelling.  Road conditions will likely deteriorate at a very rapid pace as temperatures quickly fall Wednesday afternoon into the evening.  What may be easily traversed in one area may be radically different from conditions being experienced as little as 5 – 10 miles away, with the local profile this storm possesses.

Dress for the cold.  Windchill values are expected to drop into the -10 degree +/- feel range for  a 30+ hour time span.

Stay tuned to WCDO for updates as the situation continues to develop.

Think ahead and be prepared for situations that could develop with this storm.

As of 1:43 AM 3/12/14 the NWS forecast for the WCDO listening area stands at the following:

  • Wednesday – Rain, snow, and sleet before 11am, then rain between 11am and 2pm, then rain and sleet after 2pm. High near 38.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around 2 inches.
  • Wednesday Night – Snow and sleet, becoming all snow after 11pm. Low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -6. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around 5 inches.
  • Thursday – A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Wind chill values as low as -12. Northwest wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

In keeping watch of the snowfall forecasts that have been issued for our area by the National Weather Service – Binghamton, NY Office, it has become apparent that the approaching storm has undergone an acceleration in severity estimations of possible precipitation totals for our area in particular.  Compare the snowfall potential graphs released over the past 17 hours by NWS as of this posting (1:43am 3/12/14):

8am 3/11/14

8AM, 3/11/14, snow, forecast

7:45PM 3/11/14 – Note where the bulls-eye is for that arrow.

7:45PM, 3/11/14, snow, forecast


Which grew to this by 10:05PM

10PM, 3/11/14, snow, forecast

This map was noted with the following by the NWS:

Forecast unchanged, just a different map to show outside of our “forecast” area.

This includes forecasts from surrounding offices.”

Stay tuned to FM 100.9 / AM 1490 WCDO or stream us online at WCDOLive.com 

for continuing updates as this storm passes through the Tri-County area.  

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