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The 2-3 January 2002 winter storm across central South Carolina and east central Georgia : a precipitation type case study
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    Winter storm across central South Carolina and east central Georgia
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    "Widespread accumulating snow or freezing rain across central South Carolina and east central Georgia are unusual events. These occurrences may cause substantial disruption in the region by impacting transportation systems and commerce. Accurate and timely precipitation type forecasts for these events are essential to minimize the impact on local communities which are not accustomed to winter storms. On 2-3 January 2002, a substantial winter storm affected central South Carolina and east central Georgia. To study the evolution of the event, the synoptic pattern and Eta model forecast sounding data were examined. Precipitation type forecasting techniques were compared and analyzed for several Eta model runs. This case study reveals improvement in precipitation type forecasts can be made by recognizing the synoptic patterns associated with heavy snow in the southeastern states and incorporating cloud microphysics with various precipitation type forecasting techniques"--Abstract.
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