They update actually faster than the NHC in real time.
Understand I am using Raleigh below as an example because I live here and the storm is coming here. All you have to do is follow the same method of researching on Google and find your own forecast from the NWS. IF you are reading my long read blogs, you can work your way through the NWS forecast discussion. It is what the local weather people in your area use to put out their brief, graphic laden on air forecast for you. It's also what goes into the forecast with your Apps or hysterical hyped comments on your Facebook feeds preaching snow armageddon and we know we all have that one relative right?
NWS Raleigh Forecast Discussion
NWS Atlanta Forecast Discussion
NWS Wilmington Forecast Discussion
They will all get you to a link for the discussion for your area.
If you are not already proficient in surfing for weather news.
That's my best advice.
No one does your local weather like the NWS.
Okay I was a bit backwards this morning....
...but note it still got me to the same place.
Usually it's the first link.
In my case this is what NWS says this morning.
I highlighted the blue part for you.
Also the red color shows this was an update.
Another point I'm trying to make.
The NWS updates in real time.
Note the LAST LINE and word "conservative"
That's not a political comment but a heads up!
We are currently under a Winter Storm Watch.
That's like being in the 5 Day Cone with a Hurricane Watch up.
Translating from Hurricanease to Winter Talk ;)
From Mike's weather page.
Note the intense reds outlining the state of NC.
Look at the Great Lakes.
Looks like a fuchsia palm tree!
We go back to #winterwinning this weekend in the South.
Any variation in the storm track can make a big difference.
As the satellite loop shows this is a West to East event.
That could move further South and sock Fayetteville.
Note their Newspaper shows that well.
Note this includes FORT BRAGG.
Also the parts of I95 that were slammed by Hurricane Matthew.
Let's look at a loop
See how this system is moving West to East.
Where the flat bands of snow set up is everything.
Again the NWS said they were being conservative for now.
The variation in how different places are handling this is evident.
TWC shows single digits in the Raleigh area or close to it.
I woke up this morning to everything from 6 degrees to 15 degrees.
TWC says 6 degrees today for Sunday morning.
You can remember that on Sunday if they were right...
Different apps, different sources, different calls...
Some conservative others a bit hyped perhaps.
We will know better Sunday morning.
If the placement of the Low varies from the models..
It can mean Raleigh gets slammed or Rocky Mount gets it.
Or Wilmington and Down East like we say here gets it.
Could Myrtle Beach see snow?
Who knows for now?
So everyone needs to prepare for significant ground coverage of snow.
Accumulation of snow in a part of the South not used to that.
Monday morning school cancellations.
Possibly late school starts most of the week or cancellations.
By Tuesday or Wednesday we may be tired of seeing snow.
But for now I'm excited.
Every town has it's official source for news.
WRAL is it here for many.
Another view of the storm totals below:
Think of this as a snow cone.
Speaking of snow....
Here's a recipe I have never tried.
But some swear by it.
Google just gives me this recipe ;)
Understand before I go for now this storm affects the South.
The highways and byways of the our lives.
Atlanta to Raleigh...
New York to Miami ...
Are you driving to Miami for warmer weather?
You may have some problems in the Carolinas.
I'll be back later for updates.
Hurricane forecasting is easy compared to snow forecasting.
Especially in the Carolinas or Georgia.
Nothing is ever certain until it begins to fall.
If you are flying or taking Amtrak check for updates.
If the highway closes there are food shortages.
Mail, UPS... weather affects everything.
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Ps if you are traveling keep blankets, drinks, snacks with you...
...cause Mother Nature is on the rampage this weekend!
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