Wintry conditions to unfold across portions of southern US as cold air arrives
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
December 06, 2017, 7:01:45 AM EST
Cold air infiltrating the southern United States will lead to some wintry weather through the end of the week.
“Unlike many cool air bursts so far during astronomical autumn, which have only lasted a couple of days, cold air will sweep in and then build,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.
Late-week temperatures will be slashed by up to 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit compared to the first couple days of the week, settling at below-average levels for this weekend and beyond.
Wet weather is expected to remain entrenched in areas from Texas to the Carolinas into the weekend as temperatures continue to fall.
“Winter will enact its revenge on western Texas into Thursday as enough cold air will be in place for snow and/or sleet to fall,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
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Stretches of interstates 25, 20 and 10 in New Mexico and southwestern Texas will be impacted by snow late Wednesday into Thursday, as well as Big Bend National Park and the Mescalero Reservation.
“The most significant amounts of snow and sleet are expected in the higher terrain between Midland and El Paso, Texas,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
This combination of cold and wet weather will then shift into the Mississippi Valley and through the Carolinas to the Delmarva Peninsula. Residents in these areas should prepare to face wintry weather on Friday and Friday night.
“If the wintry mix falls heavily, there can be more in the way of accumulations and slippery travel,” Sosnowski warned.
The Friday evening commute could be heavily impacted in Atlanta, Charleston, South Carolina, the greater Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia; motorists should travel with care, plan for extra travel time and be sure to have plenty of gas before heading out.
The higher elevations of northern Georgia and the western Carolinas may even receive a dusting of snowfall.
By contrast, this weekend’s forecast for the southern United States calls for dry, sunny and cool weather.
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