Special Weather Statement concerning Christmas snow, 12/24/10

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NWS-MEMPHIS TN / MEMPHISWEATHER.NET
820 AM CST FRI DEC 24 2010

…LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE TONIGHT INTO CHRISTMAS DAY…

A WHITE CHRISTMAS MAY BE IN STORE FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN SECTIONS OF THE MID-SOUTH. A STORM SYSTEM WILL SPREAD LIGHT PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE REGION LATER TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT.

IN THE METROPOLITAN MEMPHIS AREA… PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS LIGHT RAIN LATE THIS AFTERNOON CONTINUING INTO THIS EVENING. A CHANGEOVER TO LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED LATER TONIGHT WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN A DUSTING AND ONE HALF INCH EXPECTED BEFORE PRECIPITATION TAPERS OFF DURING THE PREDAWN HOURS.

SNOW SHOWERS SHOULD REDEVELOP AREAWIDE ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND PERSIST INTO SUNDAY ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE REGION. ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH SATURDAY WITH STORM TOTALS OF UP TO ONE-HALF TO ONE INCH POSSIBLE BY CHRISTMAS NIGHT.

THE LAST OCCURRENCE OF MEASURABLE SNOW ON THE GROUND ON CHRISTMAS MORNING WAS 2004… HOWEVER THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOWFALL RECORDED IN MEMPHIS / SINCE THE LATE 1800S / ON CHRISTMAS DAY OCCURRED IN 1913.

THERE STILL REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY WITH RESPECT TO THE OVERALL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AND TYPES. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES MAY BE POSSIBLE LATER TODAY THROUGH MUCH OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WEEKEND ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MID-SOUTH. STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND MEMPHISWEATHER.NET FOR UPDATES OR POSSIBLE ADVISORIES.

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