Van Denton explains possibility of snow this weekend in the Piedmont Triad

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FOX8 Chief Meteorologist Van Denton said Wednesday that there is a potential for snow this weekend in the Piedmont Triad.

“There are two systems headed our way in the coming days,” he said. Here is how he explains them:

1. A gulf system will travel north with rain late Friday and early Friday night. Possibly some snow from this in the mountains.

2. Another system is shown on a few models coming up from the gulf traveling a little farther east with more cold air getting into the Piedmont. We have had several model runs already show us getting snow this winter and they have yet to materialize (very common to see this every winter on models beyond 5 days). This time, one model has been more consistent and we are within 4 days. Therefore, I feel it is worth bringing up.

The latest GFS model has us getting snowfall on Sunday (Jan. 17) morning between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. It shows 3-4 inches here.

The EURO model will be in later this afternoon. Last night’s run of it showed no accumulation here but a chance for a little rain/snow mix.

The higher resolution short-term models which we use for specifics are not yet in range. We will be able to use these models starting on Thursday and that is when we will get a much better idea.

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