National Weather Service predicts ice storm 2010 for Thursday

A year ago today, one of the worst ice storms ever to hit Fayetteville shut the town down for more than a week. Remember?

Today, every weather person in town is talking about a new storm hanging out in Southern California now, and a bunch of cold air kickin’ it somewhere up north that will be colliding over Northwest Arkansas sometime on Thursday to produce another big old, nasty mess for our area later this week.

The National Weather Service out of Tulsa has issued a Winter Weather Watch that, as of this morning, is predicting about 1/2 inch of ice, followed by 4-8 inches of snow.

According to a weather brief posted this morning, a half-inch of ice could disrupt power service for 4-5 days. Deja vu, anybody?

Most meteorologists are saying it’s too early to tell just how much accumulation and what type to expect on Thursday, but they are predicting a significant amount of some type of icy stuff. “Weather” Rick Katzfey is predicting 6-9 inches of snow, Jason “Weather” Dollard says 4-8 inches, and “Weather” Todd Gill (who is not a meteorologist) predicts that “Weather” Dan Skoff will be telling the crowd at Bud Walton Arena Thursday night during the second media timeout of the Razorback game to bundle up, but that it will be too late, because those people will already be at the Razorback game. Do they sell coats at Bud Walton Arena?

“Weather” Dustin Bartholomew (that’s me, also not a meteorologist) predicts that all the local grocery stores will be out of bread starting…right…now.

What do you say? Are we in trouble?