Special Weather Statement concerning Saturday’s winter weather potential

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NWS-MEMPHIS TN / MEMPHISWEATHER.NET
355 PM CST FRI DEC 11 2009

…POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR A PERIOD OF WINTER WEATHER ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MID-SOUTH ON SATURDAY…

AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE APPROACHING THE MID-SOUTH FROM THE WEST ON SATURDAY WILL SPREAD MOISTURE ABOVE A RETREATING MODIFIED ARCTIC AIRMASS. THIS WILL SET THE STAGE FOR A PERIOD OF WINTER WEATHER AT THE ONSET OF PRECIPITATION SATURDAY MORNING ACROSS FAR NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI… EASTERN ARKANSAS… AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF WEST TENNESSEE… INCLUDING THE MEMPHIS METRO AREA. LIGHT RAIN MAY BE MIXED WITH SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS BEFORE WARMER TEMPERATURES CHANGE ALL THE PRECIPITATION TO RAIN.

LITTLE IF ANY ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH AT THIS TIME. DUE TO THE EXPECTED SHORT DURATION AND LIGHT INTENSITY OF ANY WINTER WEATHER… WIDESPREAD TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS ARE NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME. THERE WILL BE THE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW ICY SPOTS ON ELEVATED ROAD SURFACES FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS BEFORE TEMPERATURES WARM SUFFICIENTLY TO CHANGE ALL PRECIPITATION TO RAIN. IF TRAVELING TOMORROW… PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN ENCOUNTERING AREAS OF WINTER PRECIPITATION.

PLEASE STAY UP TO DATE ON THE LATEST FORECAST CONCERNING THE POTENTIAL FOR WINTER WEATHER ON SATURDAY. MEMPHISWEATHER.NET WILL BE UPDATED WITH THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.

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JLH/EAP

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