First Warning Storm Team: Tracking snow showers and dangerously cold temps

Posted at 2:58 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 15:10:48-05

Tracking snow and dangerously cold weather…..The First Warning Storm Team is tracking dangerously cold temperatures over the next few days, along with some snow. Now, we’re not expecting snow tonight. Instead, we’ll see mostly clear skies. Clouds will build in late tonight. Low temperatures will dip into the lower 20s.

On Friday, high temperatures will climb into the mid 30s. But our eyes will not only be on the thermometer.  We’re also going to keep a close watch on an area of low pressure that will slide just to our south. The low will bring a chance of accumulating snow to the viewing area. Snow showers will start mainly from south to north. So, areas over Northeastern North Carolina will see snow first by late morning/early afternoon. Then, the snow will push into parts of Hampton Roads by early to mid afternoon.

How much snow are we talking about? Areas over Northeastern North Carolina will likely see the highest amounts, anywhere from 2″ to 4″ of snow. Southside Hampton Roads and Inland VA could see about 1″ to possibly 2″ of snow accumulation (especially areas close to the VA/NC line).  Areas along the Lower Peninsula and the lower Eastern Shore could see snow amounts of 1″ to 2″.  Williamsburg and areas along the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck will likely see lower amounts of a dusting to 1/2″ of snow. Right now, areas along the southern Outer Banks, near Cape Hatteras, will likely see rain from this event. Now, most of the wintry weather should move out by evening. However, lingering snow will create hazardous road conditions as temperatures fall back into the 20s Friday night.

Even colder air will settle in by the weekend. High temperatures will reach the lower 30s on Saturday. On Sunday morning, winds chills be close to zero. Then, by Sunday afternoon, highs will only climb into the upper 20s! Next week, we’ll see more wet weather moving in. In fact, we could see more snow Monday. High temperatures will climb into the 40s and 50s next week.

Tonight: Mostly Clear. Clouds move in late. Low temperatures in the lower 20s. Winds: NW 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Snow Showers (60%).  High temperatures in the mid 30s. Winds: N/S 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly Sunny. Cold and Breezy. High temperatures in the lower 30s. Winds: NW 15-25 mph.

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1981 F1 Tornado: Chesterfield Co.

1983 Winter Weather: Blizzard – 18″ snow Richmond, Up to 30″ snow N. Neck

Dominic Brown

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