That is right. This is slop storm #3.
The first was the middle of Nov (8” snow, some ice then rain), the second was middle of January (3” snow, ice, then rain), and now the middle of Feb we have #3.
A rather typical forecast for this kind of storm = a few to several hour period of snow, then sleet/freezing rain, followed by all rain. Conclusion = horrible to clear since it will be heavy and wet.
I feel confident in the forecast in getting 3-5” of snow and sleet added together. The NWS records sleet accumulation as snow accumulation in its record keeping. So, for example 1” of sleet will be recorded as 1” snow. Therefore, I am including both in my 3-5”.
Couple thoughts as to what could go wrong:
After this storm we do have another storm for Fri, but that is looking wet, and very little chance for white, unless a possible twist develops along the coast, causing the rain to end as snow. Right now, I doubt that will happen, but I will keep an eye on it. There will be another storm the following week that looks rather wintery.
Until then, enjoy.
Pastor Terry. He received his bachelors degree in Meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta, in 1994. The education continued as a hobby by reading the blogs of some of the best forecasters in the business. Although forceasting the weather is an imperfect science, it is a pleasure to follow what the Creator has made.