Midday Snow Update, Plus How To Measure SnowJanuary 28th, 2014 at 12:54 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
Latest computer models are still showing a significant snow event across Hampton Roads and North Carolina over the next 18 hours or so. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler wrote a big snow blog this morning. Jeremy and I have made a few small changes to the snow totals map. We shifted the higher totals (8″-10″ and 10-12″) farther to the north. The chance for snow/sleet mix is increasing across North Carolina. The sleet will cut down on the snow totals big time. However, it could also create a problem by accumulating with some snow. Right now, it looks like the heaviest snow will fall north of Elizabeth City into Moyock, Gates County, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk.
Here is a closer view of the forecast snow totals from this afternoon through early Wednesday morning.
The evening commute will be impacted. Snow will be falling and accumulating on the roads. Strong northerly winds will blow the snow around reducing visibilities. Travel will be treacherous with slippery roads and lots of volume/traffic. Leave work early if possible. You can always track the snow here on wavy.com.
Our latest Future Trak model is showing a good amount of sleet mixing in with snow across much of Northeast North Carolina tonight. It looks like the Outer Banks may not see as much snow as once previously thought. We think this will be more of a rain event for areas south of Manteo toward Hatteras. Manteo and Kitty Hawk could see about 1-2 inches with higher totals toward Corolla. Again if the sleet accumulates, then this will create a real icy mess. So stay tuned for updates on that.
Keep in mind that this mix could shift farther north or farther south. If this happens, then snow totals will change. Especially where we have the higher amounts forecast. Either way, almost everyone will see snow today.
Throughout the storm and especially on Wednesday morning we will be looking for your snowfall reports. If you are excited to see how much you get, now is your chance to get ready. The key to measuring snow is to do it far from buildings and trees. Open areas that are not impacted by large objects basically. Before the snow falls its best to put down a hard flat object like a cutting board, thick cardboard, or plywood on the grass to use it as a reference point for your ruler or tape measure.
Also remember to put a flag or some type of marker in your yard so you know where it is located once the heavy snow arrives.
Remember last week how the snow blew around and created small drifts? This will likely happen again in some areas, so you may have to put snow boards down in multiple areas to get a good average of snow totals. Remember to measure from a new spot on the board each time.
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We will be tracking this storm tonight on our newscasts starting at 4pm on WAVY TV 10. Also, tomorrow morning starting at 4am.
-Meteorologists: Tiffany Savona, Jeremy Wheeler, and Jeff Edmondson