February 25, 2010

Snow possible Saturday across North Florida

Florida State University students enjoying a day of snow: Tallahassee, Florida (1958)

A weak low-pressure system moving east across the Gulf of Mexico could produce a mix of rain and snow across North Florida, said Jeff Fournier, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

“It’s a close call because we’re right on the northern edges of a precipitation zone,” Fournier said. “And that zone, if it’s a little south, we’re not going to get anything. But I think it’s going to clip us enough and it will be just cold enough in the morning to change some of the rain over to light snow.”

No accumulation is expected because of the relatively warm ground temperature.
The temperature Saturday morning is expected to drop to the mid-30s, or just above freezing. But a dry layer of air could help change rainfall to snow.

“What happens is when you get precipitation falling through very dry air, it cools, and you can actually get the snow to come all the way down to the surface,” Fournier said.

Trace amounts of snow were recorded Feb. 12 and 13 in Tallahassee. Measurable snow has fallen only seven times in Tallahassee since 1891. The last time was Dec. 22 and 23, 1989, when about an inch fell.

1 comment:

  1. I've got a really cool picture of the frozen fountain at the Capitol from the 1899 freeze.