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Unusual November snow whitens mid-South


Temperatures and lines of equal pressure at 5,000 feet at 7 a.m. this morning according to the NAM model. All of the deep blues indicate temperatures below freezing, sufficiently cold for snow. Note the warmth indicated by yellows over northern Virginia and Maryland, on the warm side of the low pressure area centered over Tennessee. (Unisys Weather)

Here are some select snow totals reported by NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center:

Huntsville, Alabama: 2.3”; Jonesboro, Arkansas 4.8”; Jackson, Tennessee: 3.0”

The National Weather Service has a nice interactive map of snowfall totals around Memphis, which generally ranged from 1-3” on the north and northeast side of town.

Although snow was forecast as far south as Birmingham, Al, AlabamaWx.com reports most of the precipitation fell as rain with just a little snow mixed in.

Over at Climate Central, Andrew Freedman speaks to how uncommon this snowfall is around Memphis:

November snow is exceptionally rare in the Memphis area. According to The Weather Channel, Memphis has had just three days with an inch or more of snow in November since records began there in 1875.

Additional reading: More snow totals from EverythingWx | Weird Weather Week: Southern Snow and Northeast Heat (Climate Central) | South braces for rare November snow (from yesterday)

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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