What happened to the snow?

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Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 at 8:49 AM CST
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Chief Meteorologist J.P. Dice explains why the forecast changed.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - If you want to see snow, you need to have the temperatures and moisture to meet up at the right time.

The moisture was a little faster than the cold temperatures. On top of that, drier air was filtering in quickly behind the line of showers which resulted in the snow stopping earlier than expected. The combination of the two lowered our snowfall amounts and the National Weather Service downgraded our Winter Storm Warning into a Winter Weather Advisory.

If you want to see significant snow accumulation, you need to have an area of low pressure form in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s setup was not from a low in the Gulf, it was from a strong cold front moving in from the northwest.

We knew snowfall totals wouldn’t be high in the first place. The delay of colder air ruined our chances to see accumulating snow. Bottom line is that we were prepared and everyone is safe.

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