Spring Snow!

March 25th, 2013 at 12:29 am by under Weather

It has been a very busy night in the weather center. Snow fell across Hampton Roads for a good 3-4 hours earlier this evening. Computer models had more of a rain/snow mix. When rain mixes in with snow, any snow that accumulates usually melts, so that is why we were not expecting much in the way of accumulation. However, the dynamics with this system are very strong, so it generated its own cold air to work with across the region. We received hundreds of photos and snowfall reports on our WAVY Facebook page. I looked over all the snowfall reports, including the ones from the National Weather Service and came up with this map showing approximately where the heaviest snow fell tonight.

Actual Snow Totals

Actual Snow Totals

The Peninsula and Middle Peninsula were hit the hardest with some areas in Gloucester County reporting close to 4″ of snow. Williamsburg saw anywhere from 1-3 inches of snow. Roads quickly became snow covered in these areas. While some areas saw snow, others did not. Most of the Southside and North Carolina did not see any snow at all. So snowfall reports varied greatly across the region, which is typical with winter weather events.

However, we are not done with the winter weather just yet. That area of low pressure offshore will begin to move north of us tomorrow. This means our winds will shift more out of the northwest. Northwest winds will funnel more cold air into the region. Since there will be plenty of moisture to work with, we do expect more rain and snow early Monday morning. Check out our newest computer model update at 8AM Monday morning.

Future Trak@ 8AM Monday

Future Trak@ 8AM Monday

Scattered showers possible for many areas. But I think the rain/snow line will be a bit farther east than what this model has here. Therefore, I think the Peninsula and points northward could see additional snow tomorrow morning, making for a messy morning commute.

Future Trak @ 11AM Monday

Future Trak @ 11AM Monday

FutureTrak finally picking up on the possible snow late Monday morning across the Peninsula, Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. The hi-resolution NAM model picked up on the snow pretty well tonight. Therefore, I am using this model as a guide for tomorrow morning. I am thinking that we will see additional snow from the Peninsula northward tomorrow morning.

Additional Snow Possible

Additional Snow Possible Overnight-Monday Morning

I think we may see an additional inch of snow across the Peninsula and Eastern Shore with 1-2″ possible across the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Since temperatures will be well above freezing tomorrow, expect any accumulating snow to melt during the day.  Rain and snow should begin to taper during the afternoon. Keep in mind that secondary roads, bridges and overpasses could be slippery or slushy early Monday morning, especially from the Peninsula northward. Temperatures should hover just above freezing tonight, but if some areas drop below 32°, some spots could freeze.  Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will have more updates tomorrow morning on WAVY News 10@ 4:30 AM. Good night!

Meteorologist: Tiffany Savona

 

 

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