This snow event, like so many in Texoma, underscores how difficult it is to pinpoint more than a day or perhaps two in advance.
For example, on Thursday Jan 6th I forecasted cold rain for Sunday. By Friday Jan 7th it became evident we might get a couple of inches of snow instead because of colder air becoming available. Saturday, Jan 8th forecasts ramped snow forecasts into the 2-4” range.
Imagine if this snow had been rain and convert the inches of snowfall to rain. If we take a 10:1 ratio for this wet snow, which means ten inches of snow for one inch of rain, then we find the difference between two inches of snow and five inches of snow is the same as a difference between two-tenths of an inch of rain and five-tenths.
This is why most snowfall events are going to have a range of several inches across our area, just as a typical rainfall event will have varied amounts.
Texoma Snowfall totals for Sunday 9 Jan 2011 (Alphabetically listed)
So will we have more snow this winter? Well we’ll just have to hide and watch on that one...
Chief Meteorologist / KXII-TV