Snow, rain and wind on the way

Posted at 6:11 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 11:11:58-05

Rain, snow and wind… Today’s weather looks quiet. Expect a nice mix of sun and clouds with NW winds at 5 to 15 mph. Temperatures will start near 30 and warm into the upper 30s this afternoon. The big focus for the week is an area of low pressure near Texas today that will track over the Carolinas and off of the Virginia coast for Friday and Saturday.

Precipitation will build in from SW to NE starting mid-morning to midday Friday. Most of us will start with snow on Friday, with rain near the Albemarle and Outer Banks. Snow will transition to rain from SE to NW as we head through Friday. Sleet could mix in at times along the transition line. Rain will fall for most of Saturday with the rain/snow line just east of Richmond. We could see another round of snow mix in late Saturday and early Sunday as the low moves out into the Atlantic.

Most of Hampton Roads and NE NC will see 1” to 2” of snow with lower number to the SE and higher number to the NW. The real “bulls eye” for this system will be near Charlottesville and D.C. where they will see over a foot of snow. The tricky part about the snow totals is the rain. We will likely see the first round of snow on Friday, rain will melt it, then the second round Saturday night.

In addition to the snow and rain we will see very strong winds. Winds will start to crank up on Friday with gusts to near 30 mph. Gusts could reach to 40+ mph on Saturday and Sunday. Winds will start from the NE but shift to the north. This could create some coastal and tidal flooding issues, especially for parts of the Southside.

Today: Partly Cloudy, Breezy. Highs in the upper 30s. Winds: NW 5-15

Tonight: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Winds: N 5-15

Tomorrow: Cloudy, Snow to Rain(90%), Windy. Highs in the low 40s. Winds: NE 10-20G30

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

January 21st

1918 Record Low -9F at Salisbury

1985 Record Low -3F at Norfolk

1996 Flash Flooding Central Virginia

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