Oh, snow, not again! Could Columbia this week get its third major snowfall of the winter?
The forecast for the Midlands Thursday morning does include a chance of snow and sleet, but most indicators are that this one won't be a major event. The National Weather Service forecast mentions the possibility of a tenth of an inch of snow falling between 2 and 7 a.m. Thursday, followed by a chance of cold rain the rest of the day.
It is much the same scenario as the snowfalls of 1.8 inches on Dec. 26 and 3 inches on Jan. 10 -- a wet low pressure system moving up from the Gulf of Mexico is going to run into cold air that has come down from Canada.
But, 72 hours out, forecast models are a little less certain about the timing of that collision and the potential for snow. The National Weather Service office in Columbias forecast discussion notes adjustments are likely over the next couple of days as the event comes into better focus.
The Weather Services Greenville office has a little more confidence, warning that 1-2 inches of snow could fall in the S.C. mountains Thursday.