But, enough of what happened at KAIT. Let's talk about the storm. This storm was in our forecast since last Monday night and I'm very pleased with the team's forecast. Much of the storm was highly predictable, but winter storms ALWAYS throw a curve ball. Sometimes it is a shift north or south, sometimes the timing is off a little, but this one threw a curve ball at the last second.
We knew we would not have much snow because of the temperature profile that I blogged about earlier. We knew it would be mostly freezing rain and sleet. But the curve ball was the amount of sleet! We knew we would have Thundersleet. In fact, we talked about it for a few days. But, when those thunderstorms came through, they dropped sleet at a massive rate! Add in that we had some wind blowing 20-30 mph and the sleet drifts were quite impressive!
All in all, I'm happy with the forecast. Here are some of the numbers reported to the National Weather Service. I know some of you may have had less or more. Feel free to post your location and amounts to share with everyone. Here are the NWS reports:
- Biggers: 4.50" of sleet and 2.5" of snow
- Jonesboro: 3.5" of sleet
- Pocahontas: 4.5" of sleet/snow
- Blytheville: 4" of sleet, 1/8" of ice, and 3/4" of snow
- Paragould: 3" of sleet
- Imboden: 4" of sleet, 0.10" ice
- Senath: 4" of sleet
As I said, the drifts were impressive! Here are some pics of the sleet drifts caused by the wind:
From Lori Fitts:
From Leann Jones in Senath:
From Paul Coffman:
From Grant Pickney (and his wife Mallory!):
Stay inside, if you can. The roads are still bad. 3-4" of sleet is different than 3-4" of snow. It melts slower and is like driving on thick sand.
Have a good day!