Storm Team Forecast: Tracking snow, rain, wind and flooding

Posted at 3:46 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 16:16:13-05

Tracking rain, snow, wind and flooding….The NewsChannel 3 Storm Team continues to track a major winter storm through our area, with impacts tonight through part of the weekend.

As we move through our early Friday evening, snow will continue to fall across parts of the Peninsulas and the Eastern Shore before all of the snow comes to an end and rain overspreads the area. The rain could be heavy at times tonight through early Saturday, so keep that in mind.  Now, with the rain moving in, that means temperatures will be warming up, too. In fact, we’re expecting temperatures to rise into the mid 40s by Saturday morning.

We’ll likely start Saturday with scattered rain.  But there will be some breaks with the rain from time to time as the center of the storm pushes just offshore.  High temperatures will be in the mid 40s in the morning, then fall into the mid 30s by afternoon, just in time for more snow showers to move in on the backside of the storm. While some accumulations are possible on grassy areas, it may be tough for a lot of the snow to stick to the pavement because most of our temperatures should be above freezing in wake of the rain. We’ll keep an eye on it through the day.

By Sunday, while some slick spots will be possible by morning, most of the wintry weather and rain will be gone. In fact, we’ll see decreasing clouds and highs in the mid 30s.  More sunshine is on tap for Monday with highs in the upper 40s. We’ll be back in the mid 50s by Tuesday. Rain moves back in by Wednesday.

In addition to the snow and rain, we will see very strong winds. Winds will start to crank up on today with gusts to near 40 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. Watch out for flooding during times of high tide. For Sewells Point that is 8:30 AM and 8:49 PM on Saturday and 9:14 AM and 9:32 PM on Sunday.

Friday Night: Cloudy Skies. Rain (90%). Windy. Low temperatures in the low and mid 40. Winds: N/NE 20-30 mph, gusts around 40 mph.

Saturday: Cloudy Skies, AM Rain to PM Snow (80%), Windy. High temperatures in the mid 40s. Winds: NW 15-25 mph, gusts around 35 mph.

Sunday: Decreasing Clouds. Cold and Breezy. High temperatures in the mid 30s. Winds: N 15-20 mph, gusts around 30 mph.

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1943 Winter Weather: Ice Storm in Richmond (Widespread Tree Damage)

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