Texas Panhandle Winter Storm Warning (again)

The Texas Panhandle is set for another impressive snow event beginning tonight Monday March 14th, and peaking around the evening of Tuesday March 15th.

What an amazing winter the Amarillo area has had - I don't know snowfall totals but I'm sure they must be impressive.

AMA NWS Homepage

Gene and I are seriously looking at doing a snow chase tomorrow (Tuesday 15th) afternoon, taking a drive out from OUN to the AMA area for some late-winter/early-spring snowfall. With amounts expected to be over 10" in places, it's hard to ignore......especially for two weather-starved Normanites.

As an aside - does anybody remember any other particularly snowy Texas Panhandle winters - and, if so - what sort of implications it may have held for the following tornado season out there?? Pure crystal-ball speculation, I know......but fun.

KR
 
Karen,

Except for back in oct-nov we havent had hardly any snow. it has been a quiet winter. We were 83 on saturday. we have had mostly above normal temps this year so far.

This is shaping up to be our biggest storm of the winter. Some areas may get 12"+. Most of it should be after midnight tonight which means not much traffic to help melt it off the strees until rush hour. Ground temps are cooling enough now with last nights snow that this shouldnt have a big problem sticking.

As for how winter effects our storm season. the one big thing I have noticed in all the years I have chased here is the more moisture we have in feb-april the further west the dryline stays instead of mixing east into west Oklahoma. A wet march = dryline on NM/Tx border which bodes well for our storm season :wink:

Anybody heading to the mountains for a late ski trip will have a ton of powder to play in (if you can get there). A few feet in the rockies today and tonight.
 
What's even more sad is that in December, January and February, many areas had hardly no snow. And now that Spring is almost here and we are ready for thunderstorms, now it decides to start snowing every other day. LOL. That's the worst combo of all.
 
Did anyone see the graphic the weather channel had last week on snowfall in the northern plains. They said that Bismark has not yet seen a 3" snowfall this season.

Here in Omaha we had a fourteen incher, which was a top ten storm for us, in January and almost nothing since.
 
2000-01 is the last big snow year I can recall for Amarillo....they had a 20" snowfall right after Christmas that year. As I recall the following spring was huge in the northern Plains (especially MN and IA - and there were some big events in NE and KS as well). We were ridged out a lot down here - but there were a few decent days in the southern Plains (5/4-6, 5/20, 5/27, 5/29, 6/3-5).
 
Here in Omaha we had a fourteen incher, which was a top ten storm for us, in January and almost nothing since.

If you look at the climate data for Omaha, the snowfall deficit isn't all that large (for the time being), thanks to that one big storm. I think there have been a couple of smaller snow events that have affected the north side of town since then (Valley, for example, is actually running a surplus), but here in Bellevue we've only seen accumulating snow once (February 8) since the January storm. If you include the small storm at the end of November, that's literally ALL the show we've seen this year. Three events.

I notice Norfolk, NE is running 13.5" below normal. If I remember correctly, NE Nebraska missed out on the big storm.
 
If the snow up here stays away till after Saterday i will be doing yard
work.Increadable warm temps in Alberta the last few weeks.
 
Here in the Quad Cities we are exactly -17" for the season so far. We've had one 6" snowfall in January. Other than that we've had nothing but 1" dustings slowly adding up.
 
Here's the beginning of the AMA Fcst Discussion for Tue AM:

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.DISCUSSION...
AS THE BARD WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SAID /VERY
LIKELY THE LATTER CASE/...

...FIE! CONTEMPTIBLE WHITE SNOWBEAST...BEGONE!
THY ICY CORE DOTH REEK OF RANK TREACHERY.

THE SNOWBEAST /AKA UPPER TROUGH/ APPARENTLY LAUGHS IN THE FACE OF
FREE VERSE AND WINTER WEARY FORECASTERS AS SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL
CONTINUES ACROSS MUCH OF THE FORECAST AREA.

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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

KR
 
I already have a good 6-7 inches at my house and we are expecting another 6-7 by this evening. Heavy snow bands continue to build to the SW into eatern and central new mexico so I dont see an end for another 18-24 hrs. The uppper low seems to be crawling across SE arizona. the roads are starting to buld up a bit. I-40 is closed on the Tx/Nm border into Tucumcarri and Santa Rosa, NM. Good thing its spring break or we would have a ton of school closings. To go from 83 on saturday to this is CRUEL!!! Oh I need a supercell. and now maybe some more snow coming on friday!!
 
I already have a good 6-7 inches at my house and we are expecting another 6-7 by this evening. Heavy snow bands continue to build to the SW into eatern and central new mexico so I dont see an end for another 18-24 hrs. The uppper low seems to be crawling across SE arizona. the roads are starting to buld up a bit. I-40 is closed on the Tx/Nm border into Tucumcarri and Santa Rosa, NM. Good thing its spring break or we would have a ton of school closings. To go from 83 on saturday to this is CRUEL!!! Oh I need a supercell. and now maybe some more snow coming on friday!!


Jay - thanks for this update. Perhaps you could keep us up to speed on here? Gene and I are shooting out your way at 12noon today when I finish work for a late-season snowchase!

KR
 
Karen,
As of 10:30 central we have very heavy snow bands along I-40 from Amarillo east to Shamrock with winds of 15-20mph so you should drive into at times almost whiteout conditions coming into the panhandle. Radar shows good snow still from central NM all the way to the Oklahmo border. some of it may actually be convective snow since clovis radar is in precip mode and not clear air. make sure you have your SUV and a jar of beatnut butter in case you get stuck :lol:

The snow that is falling now is large wet snowflakes. I-40 east is still open.

You may not be able to see much but here is a tower cam from downtown.
http://www.kvii.com/weather/683492.html
 
Karen,
As of 10:30 central we have very heavy snow bands along I-40 from Amarillo east to Shamrock with winds of 15-20mph so you should drive into at times almost whiteout conditions coming into the panhandle. Radar shows good snow still from central NM all the way to the Oklahmo border. some of it may actually be convective snow since clovis radar is in precip mode and not clear air. make sure you have your SUV and a jar of beatnut butter in case you get stuck :lol:

The snow that is falling now is large wet snowflakes. I-40 east is still open.

You may not be able to see much but here is a tower cam from downtown.
http://www.kvii.com/weather/683492.html

Thanks! Getting ready to leave at 12. Can you suggest any decent non-chain places to eat in Amarillo for dinner?? :D

Karen
 
I pm'd ya a couple good places to eat Karen.

I-40 is wet but no snowpack. the side roads are mostly covered. dont know about outside of town. it is coming down right now with huge snowflakes at about 1"+ an hour.
 
By now, I'm sick of snow......(speaking from central New York)....
Though I must say, the 961 mb low that "bombed out" off the coast last week was quite something to behold. This place was like a tundra, and I had a close encounter with a so-called "snow devil" that spun up in front of me as I was walking down a snowbank.


Owen
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Cornell University
 
Enjoy the storm down there guys..


The interesting thing is in about three weeks or so there could be tornadic supercells traversing the landscape in that area and this will all be a distant memory.

That has to be an interesting place to live! :wink:
 
Let's hope so... in a tornado pool, I picked the first tornado day in Oklahoma to be Mar. 28 and in Roger Mills county... last I checked they had 7" of snow!

Aaron
 
3 weeks nothing. 3 days ago we were 83 degrees. it will take a bit longer to warm up with our snowpack but I can see it chasable by next monday. I would settle for a red river day. I have to make at least 1 trip to Throckmorton in march or early april :lol:

Now up to about 10 inches where I am and still no signs of letting up for at least the next 12 hrs. New enhancement near clovis heading this way. the I-40 corridor is the bullseye today.
 
Watch out for those Clovis enhancements... maybe the USAF wants to mess with people and drop some Chaff ; )

Aaron

if so its the kind that melts :wink: . clovis is still in precip mode and is lighting up with nice reflectivity returns. Looks to be a long winters night. Good evening to settle down and play BF1942 on the PC.

If I wasnt at work I would grap a few pics. Maybe when I get home. Camera shots dont do snow storms justice. huge flakes falling. quarter size and up. Nice wet slushy snow. I think half the company went home after lunch. the buildings seem deserted.

I wonder what kind of progress Gene and Karen are making heading west towards me.
 
Still snowing hard.

Latest reports are they are shutting down I-40 from the west side of Amarillo west to the state line in the next hour. Unknow for how long. Havent heard anything about east of Amarillo yet.
 
AMARILLO TEXAS
Average Season Snowfall for Amarillo from a couple of sources:
16.4 inches
15.4 inches

2004-2005 season snowfall for Amarillo as of 3-15-05:
33.2 inches
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GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN
Want snowfall, live in my town of Grand Rapids.

2000-2001 98.1 inches
2001-2002 105.2 inches
2002-2003 88.0 inches
2003-2004 74.0 inches
2004-2005 76.5 inches so far

Our average season snowfall is around 73-76 inches.

Also, we have not reach 60 degrees this year, Our high temps for the year been 55 and 52 and that occurred back in the middle of January.
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MARQUETTE MICHIGAN
Compare this to Marquette Michigan
2004-2005 198.3 inches so far.with 31 inches of snow on the far.

I really hate snow, that is why I am moving out of the state.

Mik
 
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