First Warning Forecast: Winter storm on the way, could bring icy roads

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Posted at 5:29 AM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 07:39:11-05

Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast

We are tracking an area of low pressure that will move over the coastal Southeast Thursday to Friday. The combination of the moisture from the low and colder air will bring us the chance for snow Thursday night. Clouds will build in early Thursday morning, but the first half of the day should be dry. Rain showers will move in Thursday afternoon with temperatures in the low 40s. Rain will change over to snow as temperatures fall into the 30s by Thursday evening. Most of the area will see snow Thursday night. Snow showers will move out early Friday morning, likely before sunrise.

Based on the current forecast, parts of the Southside and the Albemarle would see 2” to 4” of snow accumulation. Isolated amounts of 4+" possible. 1” to 2” for the southern Peninsula and inland SE VA. A dusting to 1” closer to Richmond, Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore.

We're concerned about the threat for icy road conditions on Friday morning as temperatures plunge into the 20s. Highs will only reach the mid to upper 30s, about 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. It will feel even colder with strong north winds, 10 to 20 with gusts to 30+ mph. Wind chill values will start in the teens Friday morning and only reach the upper 20s Friday afternoon. The cold air will not last long, we will warm back into the 50s this weekend.

Thursday: Mostly Cloudy, PM Rain/Snow, Breezy. Highs in the low 40s. Winds: NE 10-15

Thursday Night: Snow Showers Early. Blustery. Wind chills in the teens. Winds: N 15-20G30

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