First Warning Forecast: End-of-week snow chances

Posted at 5:40 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 23:33:09-05

A strong and slow-moving cold front continues to approach the area. Showers will spread across the area tonight and through Wednesday morning. A little patchy fog is possible. Temperatures will cool to the mid 40s and won't warm up a whole lot Wednesday. Expect highs in the upper 40s to near 50. High pressure will build in by the afternoon with skies gradually clearing. Lows will fall into the mid 30s. The cold front will stall well to the south of us.

Clouds will build back in on Thursday as moisture increases ahead of an area of low pressure. The area of low pressure will form along the stalled cold front near the gulf coast. It will be much colder with highs only in the upper 30s and low 40s. Cold air will be rushing in from the north as well, which means we could see some rain switch over to snow Thursday night into early Friday. Models continue to be back and forth with totals and if we will see snow or not. If the low pressure tracks further north, we could see some accumulating snowfall, but if it tracks further south, we may not see anything at all. Right now, we could see a trace to 1 inch for Southside-north to Newport News and 1 to 2 inches for the Albemarle. The best chance to see any wintry precipitation will be in North Carolina because it is closer to any moisture we could receive. Any precipitation will exit by Friday morning. Temperatures will plummet into the upper 20s and low 30s, with wind chills in the upper teens Friday morning. High temperatures on Friday will struggle to get out of the 30s. Brr! It will be a blustery day with winds out of the north.

The weekend is looking dry and milder. Temperatures will warm to the low 50s on Saturday and mid 50s on Sunday.

Rain chances increase to start the work week with highs in the upper 50s.

Meteorologist April Loveland

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