Any More Snow Tonight?February 16th, 2013 at 8:39 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
Well…it has been a busy afternoon/evening in the weather center. Here is the latest image captured at 8:32 of Super Doppler 10 Radar.
By just looking at the radar, it looks as if snow is falling all across Hampton Roads. But in reality, some of the snow is melting because there is a warm layer just above the surface in the atmosphere. So the radar is picking up on snow, but as the snow falls into the warmer layer closer to the ground it melts. Or if a snowflake reaches the ground as snow, it melts because we saw some rain earlier. We did receive some reports of snow accumulations of around 0.5-1″ on grassy surfaces, decks and cars. But the snow has been changing back and forth to rain, so many areas that had snow accumulate are now not snow covered due to the rain helping to melt it away.
Here are a few snow pictures that were sent in to us:
So the big question is….will we see any more snow tonight? The answer is YES, but we are not expecting much to accumulate at all. We are watching an area of low pressure off the coast of North Carolina. This low should move northeastward tonight and strengthen offshore. As it does so, colder air will move into the region, so we are waiting to see if this low can generate any more snow across Hampton Roads before it pushes away from us. Drier air is also trying to push in from the west. So the drier air may move in tonight and end the snow earlier rather than later. We are still watching the radar.
Most of the snow is not sticking because temperatures are above freezing and there is still a lot of water on the roads helping to melt the snow.
Our Future Trak model has the rain/snow should tapering off around midnight. If dry air moves in faster, then the snow may end a bit earlier.
This means that any standing water will freeze overnight and be very slippery in the morning. Watch out for icy spots if you are going to be heading out late tonight/early Sunday, especially on bridges and overpasses. Sunday is going to be much colder and very breezy. Highs will only be in the mid to upper 30s with winds howling out of the northwest at 15-20mph gusting up to 30mph at times. Wind chill values will be in the 20s for much of the day. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson will be in tomorrow morning and will have the latest on the weather and road conditions starting at 6AM on WAVY News 10.
Meteorologist Tiffany Savona