Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter Wonderland? Cold But No Snow Yet for Memphis

The story dominating the headlines across the Southeast to end the week has been the snow, which dropped a few inches of the white stuff across Mississippi, Alabama, and points south. But when will the Memphis area get in on the winter wonderland? It'll depend on whether the presence of cold air and sufficient moisture merge at the same time, and in the right place! Right now, chances look slim for the foreseeable future however.
A selection of snowfall totals from Friday from across Mississippi and Louisiana. More can be found here.
Temperatures over the next 48 hours across the metro will be warming comfortably, with highs in the mid 50s on Sunday and low to mid 60s on Monday. Skies will be mostly sunny both days, but with a strong south to southwesterly wind that helps bring in that warmer air. Lows overnight drop to the mid to upper 30s. But don't get adjusted to the warmth quite yet.

Winter's icy blast will be back on Tuesday with colder temperatures filtering on south once again. A cold front will shove away those warmer temperatures at the start of your work week, replacing them with highs only in the mid 40s. The front will not bring anything in the way of precipitation to the Mid-South unfortunately though.

As the cold front approaches Memphis from the north, any precipitation will be focused out to the east and northeast of the area. But here comes the cold again!
Sunny skies will continue through the end of the coming work week, with partly to mostly sunny skies for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Highs each day will be in the low to mid 50s, but the overnight lows drop off the proverbial cliff. Lows will drop to near 30 Wednesday morning and again Friday morning. If you have not prepared your plants, pipes, and pets already for old man winter, it is time to do so!

Fortunately, a warming trend is in the cards by next weekend, with highs in the upper 50s on Saturday. However, that will also bring our next decent chance of rain for the Mid-South, as the next storm approaches. All eyes will then turn to the last week before Christmas, where the roads will be just as jam-packed as the malls!

Prepping for the holiday season? You can rely on our team of MWN meteorologists and interns to bring you the most updated weather forecast for the Memphis metro. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest weather conveniently in your social media stream. Speaking of convenient, download our MWN Weather app for forecasts at your fingertips while you're on the run finishing that holiday shopping.

Alex Herbst, Meteorologist
MWN Social Media Intern

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