Rare November Snow Falling in the South

By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
Nov 29, 2011; 6:42 AM ET

A snow total in Denmark, Tenn., Monday night, Nov. 28, 2011. Posted by Twitter user @WestTNWeather on yFrog.

Accumulating snow continues to impact parts of the South–a rare sight for November.

Snow has been whitening the ground in parts of the mid-Mississippi and Tennessee valleys since Monday afternoon, with more snow expected through Tuesday.

Even people all the way south in Haleyville, Ala., have been picking up snow.

So far, many areas have reported anywhere between 1 and 3 inches of snow across parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, with Denmark, Tenn., topping the list at 5 inches.

Parts of the South are taking their turn at unusual, early-season snow before November comes to a close. While most places will experience just a few snowflakes, a narrow band of accumulating snow has set up over the interior.

It is very rare to get a wrapped-up storm like this in the South. The storm is literally making its own cold pocket of air, producing snow in unusual places, according to Meteorologist Brian Edwards.

As the storm matures, it will continue to produce a swath of accumulating snow from part of the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Appalachians before heading north to more traditional cold, snowy locations for late November.

Due to the time of the year and the lack of cold weather thus far, road surface temperatures over much of the South are warm and the vast majority of the snow that falls will melt on pavement and concrete.

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The temperature was hovering in the low 30s in Shreveport, La. earlier Monday, while at the same time hovering near 50 degrees in Caribou, Maine.
The temperature peaked close to 70 in a number of I-95 cities Monday, while reaching no higher than the 40s over much of the South Central states.

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On average it snows less than three days per year in Memphis and just over two days per year in Atlanta. Snowflakes were already in the Memphis area Monday and could make a visit to Atlanta during part of Tuesday.

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via Rare November Snow Falling in the South.

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