First Warning Storm Team: Tracking snow, sleet and freezing rain, then thunderstorms

Posted at 10:13 PM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-14 22:13:51-05

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for several areas, starting at midnight tonight through 1 pm Monday. The advisory includes Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Suffolk, Gloucester Co, Mathews Co, Middlesex Co, York Co, Isle of Wight Co, Southampton Co, Gates Co, Hertford Co, and Northampton Co (NC).

The Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from midnight tonight through 4 pm Monday for Williamsburg-James City Co, Surry Co, and Sussex Co.

Tracking snow, sleet and freezing rain, then thunderstorms….Get ready for another round of wintry weather as an area of low pressure moves toward the area.  A few communities could see some snow as early as midnight or 1 a.m. tonight as the system moves in from west to east. Snow showers will continue to overspread the area through the morning. Some accumulations are expected as well since our temperatures will be below freezing through the overnight and the morning drive.

As we see it right now, most of Hampton Roads, including to Eastern Shore, could see anywhere from a dusting to up to 1″ of snow. Some spots in the western and northern reaches of our area (like Williamsburg, Gloucester Co. and Inland VA) could see between 1″ and 2″ of snow. Areas across the Albemarle of North Carolina could also see a dusting to possibly 1/2″.  Then, as our temperatures begin to rise through Monday morning and afternoon, the snow will transition to sleet and freezing rain. Ice accumulations could amount to about a tenth of an inch. There will likely be some dangerous conditions on the roads Monday. However, with rain in the forecast for the afternoon, the snow will not stick around very long. High temperatures will rise into the mid 40s Monday afternoon.

Temperature will continue to rise through Tuesday, reaching the lower 60s, just in time for a cold front to move in, spreading rain and isolated thunderstorms. Drier weather moves in for Wednesday and Thursday.

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy and Cold. Snow moves in, mainly after midnight (50%). Low temperatures in the teens and 20s. Winds: E 5-10 mph.

Monday: AM Snow Showers (70%). Then, snow transitions to sleet and freezing rain. Chance of rain by afternoon. High temperatures in the mid 40s. Winds: E/SE 5-15 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy. Rain Likely (90%). Isolated T’storms. Breezy. High temperatures near 60. Winds: S 15-25 mph.

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1798 Winter Weather: Severe Snowstorm Southeast Virginia, Northeast North Carolina

Dominic Brown

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