Messy weather and the possibility for severe storms arrived Monday morning.
Widespread heavy rain started Sunday night and is continuing Monday. In North Carolina, we have the potential to see severe storms with damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes. The Ablemarle Sound and Outer Banks are under a Level 2 severe weather risk. The rest of our North Carolina communities extending into the Southside of Virginia are under a Level 1 risk for severe weather. The most likely time for severe storms is 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Monday.
Aside from the storms, it's going to be extremely windy Monday. A Wind Advisory is in effect for our coastal communities including Currituck, inland Dare, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Northampton (VA) from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday. 25-35 MPH north winds could gust up to 50 MPH.
Monday afternoon we'll begin to see a changeover from rain to a quick mix to snow. This will be gradually happening from the northwest to the southeast through the later afternoon hours.
The First Warning Weather Team is tracking the storms and we will be updating this story with up to the minute details as we learn more about how they impact out area.
Latest updates are listed below with the newest at the top:
As of 9:45 p.m., Dominion Energy says crews are still on the job restoring power to the remaining 460 customers in Hampton Roads and northern North Carolina still without service from the first storm of 2022. Most of the customers affected are in Virginia Beach.
Crews will work through the night to get all power restored.
Dominion says throughout the day, more than 30,000 people throughout Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina went without power at some point.
They say this storm hit the Northwest and Central service regions the hardest, with the Charlottesville and Fredericksburg areas having largest outages.
If you need to report an outage or downed power line, you can do so by downloading the Dominion Energy App from the Apple Pay store or from Google Play. Or, you can call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) or reach out to Dominion Energy online here.
SEVERE T-STORM WARNING— Myles Henderson (@MHendersonWTKR) January 3, 2022
until 10:30 AM for Dare County south of Oregon Inlet
Storm near Portsmouth Village, moving northeast at 60 mph
60 mph wind gustshttps://t.co/Op35kWgP4y#FirstWarn3 #NCwx #OBX pic.twitter.com/QKcxoap9l7
Check out the HRBT right now 😮😮— Penny Kmitt (@pennylikeacoin) January 3, 2022
Speed is reduced to 35mph while the rain continues impacting visibility.
Also… have you ever seen the HRBT this empty at 8:30am?!
More weather coverage on https://t.co/Ep58pB8hdt and all morning on @WTKR3 @WGNTCW27 ⛈ pic.twitter.com/EoKyMpxP0H
SNOW: Snow is coming down on eastbound Interstate 264 in #VirginiaBeach. This is near London Bridge Rd. Stay tuned to @WTKR3 for the latest on conditions in your area https://t.co/Vixc4gGYag pic.twitter.com/jMMH9nLQNl— Zak Dahlheimer (@ZakDahlheimer) January 3, 2022
We're continuing to keep you updated about the weather conditions throughout #HamptonRoads. News 3 reporter @TvKelsey has the latest on the snowy conditions as she makes her way to #Williamsburg.❄️🚗https://t.co/y6MrBTHGQL #FirstWarn3 pic.twitter.com/QNYf6bXUod— WTKR News 3 (@WTKR3) January 3, 2022
Tidal flooding proved to be a huge problem Monday morning with the winter storm, especially in Downtown #Norfolk. News 3 reporter @chelseadreports is live with the latest. https://t.co/oEBTvXxTNt #FirstWarn3 pic.twitter.com/fWjev3e7KC— WTKR News 3 (@WTKR3) January 3, 2022
Expect another round of bad tidal flooding tonight around 10 PM. 1-3' inundation expected. Then tomorrow morning 1-2' inundation expected around 10 AM. Nuisance tidal flooding for Tuesday night & Wednesday morning.https://t.co/Hty0Y9ygzC pic.twitter.com/7t3xe5q2WM— Kristy Steward (@KristyStewardWx) January 4, 2022
Timeline of rain/snow Monday:
FIRST WARNING: Tornado Watch for parts of the News 3 viewing area in NC until 11:00am. https://t.co/CLQpA5o10m— Patrick Rockey WTKR (@PatrickRockey) January 3, 2022
SEVERE ⛈️— Myles Henderson (@MHendersonWTKR) January 3, 2022
Strong to severe storms possible this morning to midday
Biggest threat in NC
Damaging wind gusts, localized flooding, isolated tornadoes possiblehttps://t.co/Op35kWgP4y#FirstWarn3 pic.twitter.com/MT7eAzhX3D