VIPIR Forecast: Tracking some snow tonight, but even more snow this weekend

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 15:31:04-05

Tracking snow....We are tracking another chance of snow.

We're tracking a much larger system for Friday and Saturday that could bring us snow but also some rain. Ultimately, how much snow we see will all depend on the precise track of this storm.

So let's talk about it. We're keeping an eye on an area of low pressure that move into the area from the southwest. As this system moves into some very cold air already in place, any precipitation that develops will first fall as snow early on Friday. Then, during the day, as low pressure moves over the area, it will drive in slightly warmer temperatures, which will cause the snow to transition into rain. Once the low exits the coast by Saturday, colder air will wrap around the backside of the low, causing any rain to transition back to snow. The highest snowfall amounts will likely be in the Richmond area. However, some areas across Hampton Roads and NE North Carolina could see several inches of snow as well.

So how much snow are we talking about Friday and Saturday? For the Peninsulas, we could see anywhere between 4 and 6 inches of snow. However, some higher amounts are possible in those communities, specifically the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck. Southside, the Eastern Shore and parts of North Carolina could see anywhere from 2 and 4 inches of snow.  The Outer Banks will see less snowfall potential.  Again, this will all depend on the precise track of this system. Stay tuned.

Most of the wintry weather will be gone by Sunday, giving way to mostly to partly cloudy skies. It will be slick though. We'll see more sun on Monday with highs in the lower 50s.

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Snow Showers(30%). Lows in the mid 20s. Winds: W 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Partly Cloudy and Cold. Highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Winds: NW 10-15 mph.

Friday: Cloudy. Scattered Snow Showers, then rain (90%). Highs in the mid 40s. Winds: E 10-20 mph.

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1918 Winter Storm: 7.0" snow - Richmond

2005 Winter Weather: 1-3" snow Central, East Central VA

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