Winter Blast Heavy Snow, Just Not Here

February 26th, 2013 at 9:43 pm by under Weather

Snow totals from Monday, 25 February, courtesy NWS Amarillo, TX

The same weather system that brought us the freezing rain across our area Tuesday morning, put down some very heavy snow across parts of TX and OK.  Above is the snow total map for the Amarillo National WEather Service Office forecast area.   Back in Oklahoma, there were reports of over 18″ of snow:

 --- NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA ---

ALVA 1W..................13.5
AMES..................... 4.0
AMES 4ESE................ 2.0
ARNETT 3NE...............10.0
FAIRVIEW 1N.............. 4.0
FORT SUPPLY 4SE.......... 7.1
FREEDOM.................. 9.0
LAVERNE 6S............... 6.0
LAHOMA RES. STN.......... 4.5
ORIENTA.................. 3.7
QUINLAN.................. 7.0
SHATTUCK 1SSW............ 5.3
WAYNOKA..................12.0
WOODWARD................. 7.9

For another way to find out who has the most and deepest snow cover across the Lower 48, click here for an interactive snow map from the National Weather Service.

So, how much snow can we expect to get out of this same system in the next 24 hours?   Only a fraction of what happened in the panhandles:

Snow total forecast through 11PM Wednesday.

I don’t expect the snow to stick around very long either, especially with temperatures hovering near freezing the next few days.

So why did we miss out on the heavy snow?   Mainly because most of it came as rain.   So far Tuesday, we had about .75″ of rain at FWA.  If this came all as snow, it would have added up to about 7 to 8 inches.   But of course, that has pretty much been the case this entire winter.  If you used that same reasoning with our January rainfall at 3.5″, we would have had 35 inches of snow in January.

If you are holding out for one big snow storm this winter, I wouldn’t hold your breath.   We can see big snow in March, but I feel our window of heavy snow this winter is rapidly closing shut.

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