Snow expected in the Florida Panhandle this week!

3:41 PM, Feb 10, 2010   |    comments
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Santa Rosa County, Florida - Forecasters in the Florida Panhandle are calling for snow by the end of the week! Joy Tsubooka, Santa Rosa County spokeswoman, said snowfall is expected to be up to 1 inch in costal and southern portions of the county and 1 to 3 inches in northern Santa Rosa.

Here's the advisory issued by the National Weather Service:

Snowfall accumulation is expected across our region by week's end as a surface low pressure system develops and moves eastward across the northern Gulf of Mexico Thursday night and Friday.

Precipitation will likely begin as a mix of light rain and sleet over the interior counties Thursday night, especially along and north of highway 84, and will then change to and remain as snow through Friday afternoon before ending from the west, closer to the coast.

Rain will begin falling Thursday night and a changeover to sleet and snow mix could occur as early as mid morning Friday before changing to all snow before ending.

It is currently beyond the state of the science to pinpoint exact snowfall totals because it is still too far out in time prior to the event and many uncertainties remain.

However current trends indicate several inches of snow could fall over interior southeast Mississippi, southwestern and south central Alabama from Thursday night through midday Friday with lighter amounts closer to the coast.

The confidence for accumulating snow in our area continues to increase particularly inland.

pnj,com and the NWS

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