Wednesday’s VIPIR Forecast: Two snow chances

Posted at 6:09 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 06:32:45-05

Two snow chances… Another cold start today with temperatures in the teens and 20s this morning. We will make it above freezing today, with highs in the mid 30s. It will feel a bit nicer today with winds relaxing. We will start with sunshine this morning but clouds will build in to mostly cloudy skies this afternoon. Our first chance for snow moves in tonight and will move out during the overnight hours. Snow accumulation will be limited due to dry air and limited moisture but some areas could see a dusting to ½”.

We are tracking a bigger potential for snow for Friday and Saturday. An area of low pressure will track from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic, bringing plenty of moisture into the region. At the same time cold air will be pushing SE from the Great Lakes. The biggest question for us will be, how far south and east will the cold air go. As of now, the rain/snow line will start right over Hampton Roads on Friday then slide closer to Richmond by Saturday. The “bulls eye” for snow will be in northern Virginia and areas north where they could see close to 2 feet of snow. Snow accumulation is possible for us but much lower numbers. We will fine-tune our snow forecast as we get a better handle on where the rain/snow line will linger.

Today: Clouds Building In. Highs in the mid 30s. Winds: NW/W 5-15

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

Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy. Highs near 40. Winds: NW 5-15

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

January 20th

1918 Winter Storm: 7.0" snow - Richmond

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

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