First Warning Forecast: Winter Storm Warning

Posted at 5:44 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 21:23:14-05

Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast

***Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 PM Thursday to 7 AM Friday for the Southside, Peninsula, and most of NE NC.

Rain then snow moving in… We are tracking an area of low pressure that will move across the Southeast today. The combination of the moisture from the low and colder air will bring us the chance for snow tonight. Rain showers will move in this afternoon with temperatures in the low 40s. Rain will change over to snow as temperatures fall into the 30s later this afternoon to evening. Most of the area will see snow tonight. Snow showers will move out early Friday morning, likely before sunrise.

Most of the Hampton Roads and NE NC will see 2” to 4” of snow accumulation. 4”+ are possible for parts of inland NE NC. Expect 1” to 2” for the northern Peninsulas and southern Eastern Shore. Less than 1” expected for the northern Eastern Shore and coastal NC (where more rain will mix in).

Friday will be the coldest day of the week. 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.

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

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Snow, Windy. Lows in the upper 20s. Winds: NE 10-20G30+

Tomorrow: Clearing Skies, Cold, Windy. Highs in the upper 30s. Winds: N 10-20G30+

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