East Texas Town Witnesses a Rare Occurrence ‘Snownado’
The weather has been brutal this week with record-breaking snowfall and temperatures across much of the area with more on the way. So, it's not surprising that a very rare weather phenomenon would occur aptly named "Snownado."
It happened in the East Texas town of Gun Barrell City, a witness captured what looks like a tornado high above Cedar Creek Lake. Twitter went crazy when J.D. Miles with CBS 11 posted the video calling it "Snownado."
According to the National Weather Service, a " Snownado" also known as a "Snow Devil" is likely to happen when a cold front collides with a warmer surface allowing for an unusual change in the direction of the wind which in turn clashes with air currents forcing raising air to rotate. The low-pressure air is then sucked up by the vortex and begins to spin, collecting loose snow to form the funnel-shaped vortex. It sort of mimics a dust devil in the desert sand by using the snow on the ground to form steam or fog warmed by the sun.
I'm just happy it wasn't a Sharknado!
More winter weather is headed our way Wednesday into Thursday morning.
Texarkana Weather Forecast:
80% chance of snow, mainly after 9pm. Low around 19. Wind chill index as low as 14. Snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible.
Snow and freezing rain before noon, then snow, freezing rain, and sleet. high near 27, wind shill as low as 9.
Slight chance of snow showers and freezing rain before midnight then turning mostly cloudy low around 22.
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