Heavy morning snow on 03Mar2014 with some freezing rain far southeast

Radar_1103UTC_03Mar2014

SFR_1107UTC_03Mar2014

During the weekend of Mar 02-03 2014, several weather features moved northeast across the area. The precipitation started out as rain across West Virginia with some freezing rain, sleet and snow across portions of southeast Ohio. Colder air began to filter into the region and as it did, the precipitation changed from rain to freezing rain to sleet and finally to snow. By 603 AM, the precipitation had turned to snow across all of West Virginia, but for portions of the extreme southeast counties.

I have attached two images from around 6 AM on Mar 3rd. The first image showed the radar data from KRLX at 603 am while the second image was the 607 am SFR product and 6 AM surface observations. When comparing these images, the “best” SFR signal for heavy snow was located along a line where the precipitation transitioned from freezing rain to snow. The heaviest signal in the SFR images was actually located over Mingo County where a total of 8 inches of snow was reported from the storm.

Freezing rain was falling across portions of extreme southeast West Virginia. Bluefield WV (KBLF) is located southeast of the “SFR” heaviest snow signal in an area where the SFR product is not showing anything. The SFR product did a great job across that area as the 6 AM KBLF observation indicated freezing rain was falling at that time.

One thought on “Heavy morning snow on 03Mar2014 with some freezing rain far southeast

  1. This is another great example, Jeff. It’s good to see that the SFR product was able to appropriately discern between snow and freezing rain as it should. Thanks again for using the product and for working to corroborate what you are seeing in the imagery against the radar and ground reports. This is all incredibly valuable!

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