First Warning Forecast: Roads becoming icy overnight

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Posted at 8:41 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 06:56:33-05

***Winter Storm Warning in effect until 7 AM Friday for the Southside, Peninsula, and most of NE NC.

We will continue to see temperatures drop this evening and overnight. This will allow areas that have been dealing with a rain/snow mix to switchover to mainly snow. It will still end up being a wet snow since temperatures have been hovering right around freezing. Don’t expect a nice fluffy snow. By the end of the event, most of the Hampton Roads and NE NC will see 1” to 4” of snow accumulation. The area of low pressure bringing us this messy weather will continue to move off the Carolina coast tonight. It will strengthen as it moves away. This will bring us some gusty winds out of the NNE. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph are possible, especially along the coast. Snow will move out from the WNW to the ESE overnight as high pressure starts to build in. Clouds will break up and temperatures will drop into the upper 20s. One of the biggest issues Friday morning will icy roads and bridges. The snow is also very heavy and that combined with some wind could result in some downed tree limbs. Wind chills will be in the upper teens.

Expect mostly sunny skies by lunchtime Friday. Temperatures will be well-below normal with highs struggling to get out of the 30s. BRR! Wind gusts up to 30 mph will be possible, making temperatures feel even colder. Frigid temperatures Friday night with lows in the mid 20s under mostly clear skies. This winter-like weather won’t stick around too long. Milder weather is on the way for the weekend.

The weekend is looking dry with seasonable temperatures on Saturday. Expect highs in the low 50s. Temperatures will continue to trend upward on Sunday with highs in the mid and upper 50s. Skies will be partly cloudy.

Our next weather maker will move in late Monday. Rain chances will increase during the afternoon with highs in the upper 50s. Highs near 60 on Tuesday with scattered showers likely.

Meteorologist April Loveland

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