Patrick’s Forecast: Tracking several chances for snow

Posted at 3:52 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 15:52:54-05

More frigid weather and several chances for snow on the way.

Wednesday morning won't be quite as cold or quite as windy as Tuesday morning, but it will still be awfully chilly. Expect temperatures in the upper teens and lower 20s with wind chill values in the lower teens. But by the afternoon most of us will climb into the mid- and even upper-30s.

In the afternoon we will also notice an increase in clouds ahead of a fast-moving area of low pressure. We call this kind of system an Alberta Clipper. The Clipper will swing through the region Wednesday night. It could bring us some brief snow showers and even a light dusting before it moves out around midnight.

Then our attention turns to the monster storm on the way for Friday and Saturday. For a big part of the country this could be an historic winter storm. Some parts of Virginia, Erst Virginia and Maryland could see 3 feet or more of snow. For us, there are still big questions about how much snow and how much rain will fall.

Right now, it looks like we will start Friday with snow showers before we see a changeover to rain in the afternoon. Then we could see a changeover back to snow on Saturday as the system pushes away and colder air comes rushing in.

There is still a lot of uncertainty about this storm system and the forecast can and will change between now and then. Check back with us often.

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)
1857 Winter Weather: Severe Snowstorm, Heavy Snowfall interior VA, Richmond cut off from DC
1996 F0 Tornado: Richmond Co
2008 Light Snow 1-2 inches Southeast VA mainly Prince George se to Lower Chesapeake and Tidewater.

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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