Midday Snow Update, Plus How To Measure Snow

January 28th, 2014 at 12:54 pm by 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.

Snow Totals

Snow Totals

Here is a closer view of the forecast snow totals from this afternoon through early Wednesday morning.

Snow Forecast Tighter

Snow Forecast Tighter

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.

Future Trak at 6 PM

Future Trak at 6 PM

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.

Future Trak at 12 AM

Future Trak at 11 PM

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.

Snow Board Example

Snow Board Example

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.

If you want to send us pictures remember the address is reportit@wavy.com. You can also post your pictures on our WAVY TV 10 Facebook Page.


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


55 Responses to “Midday Snow Update, Plus How To Measure Snow”

  1. David says:

    Hopefully that rain/snow/sleet mix line doesn’t keep trending northward and hurt snow chances for Va Beach.

    1. Jeff Edmondson WAVY says:

      That would also increase the ice on the roadways too.

  2. Anthony Dalesandro says:

    I’m almost thinking this is going to be a 12:1-15:1 ratio…making snow heavier than forecast here.

    1. Jeff Edmondson WAVY says:

      It will depend on location. Some spots will be at 10:1

      1. Andrew Heyson says:

        Except the NWS already stated 15:1 ratios for this region. The LAST accumulation forecast isn’t bad (Although laughable that only areas near Edenton are as far as the 10-12+” show – it goes deep into NC). The GFS has shown significant accumulation for our area for a few days now.

  3. Shirley A says:

    Just wondering when was the last time we had this much snow

    1. Jeff Edmondson WAVY says:

      For most of us. December 2010.

  4. Andy says:

    Is it just me and my untrained ye, or does it look like the precip down around the outer banks is pushing more offshore that originally thought?

    1. Jeff Edmondson WAVY says:

      We are watching the development of this storm very closely right now. Still sticking with what we said in the blog.

      1. Steve R says:

        starting to see flurries here at BAE Systems

  5. Sara Jane says:

    How much snow will areas of Elizabeth City receive? Are we looking at much accumulation?

  6. Amy says:

    I’m beginning to wonder if we will see any snow. Nothing yet! Did I get my hopes up for nothing??

  7. chris adams says:

    Are we 100% sure that it will snow 7-10″ here in Va beach area? It seems impossible and not normal…

  8. Kory says:

    I’m so excited!!!! I use to live in New York and we would see snow all the time. It’s a rarity to see snow around here, especially more than a dusting.

  9. Amy says:

    Looks like we are going to get hit no matters hat and with more snow than expected…People on FB asking where the snow is though.. I’m guessing the snow when it arrives is going to hit and hit hard?

  10. Isaiah says:

    Why did the snow totals for the outer banks just shift up so dramatically? Has the storm shifted against the expected track?

  11. Jennifer says:

    How is it looking for the Edenton NC area is it as bad as previously thought?

  12. Willie says:

    Thanks for all your hard work in keepign us up to date so we can be prepared.

  13. Michelle Trotman says:

    Can you predict how many inches we will be getting in Hampton?

  14. Deana Maisey says:

    How does this compare to the snow we got in December 2010? How about the big storm in March of 1980, I believe it was?

  15. sherry warner says:

    I live about 15 minutes north-west of Williamsburg, in Lanexa (south-east New Kent) What about this area? Im having a hard time getting an idea because our news up here is the Richmond market, when I am an hour from there and your news/weather is more relevant to me (but thats a whole other issue)! Anyway, the guys up there all they will say is “2 inches in metro Richmond and the further east and south you go the more you will get”. So, whats your thinking?

  16. Shway Sodale says:

    To all you guys,

    Thanks for a great job in updating the information.
    You all stay safe as well.

    Thanks once again.

  17. Renee says:

    It’s 3:10 and I saw some flurries here in Virginia Beach at lunch time but nothing right now to get excited about. Looks like I will not be leaving work early. Maybe Snowmagedon will be here in the am?

  18. Lynn Black says:

    You’re already wrong considering Hatteras is already covered in snow…

  19. Steve says:

    What’s with the Low that just showed up over SE Tennessee (1022 mb)?

  20. John says:

    Snowing in Jamestown

  21. Phil says:

    What’s with all the dry air right now?

  22. Danny says:

    How much can we expect in Toano?

  23. Lesley says:

    what time is the snow supposed to start falling in VB?

  24. cindeeci says:

    This may be a repeat
    of the 1980 blizzard we had here. Hampton Roads was crippled for days!!!!!

  25. Donny says:

    I live in belvidere nc what are our snow amounts

  26. Paige Whitley says:

    I’m in Onancock on the bay side and we started with snow about 30 minutes ago. It’s still in the “light snow” category. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out!

  27. Frank says:

    What’s the latest forecast for snow totals. Its snowing in Smithfield right now

  28. Cheryl Shackelford says:

    We are getting quite a bit of snow here in Hampton. It’s all over cars, driveways, and flowerbeds.

  29. Amber says:

    Is this considered a blizzard or a nor’easter or is it just winter storm?

  30. Jim says:

    When will it start?

  31. Ben says:

    Great idea to post the snow measuring instructions! I’m sure the kids are loving these past two weeks and that’s a perfect way to get them into science! Nothing better than experiments as a curious youth.

  32. Rob E. says:

    50%-70% Ground Cover in the Yorktown (Tabb) area already.. 5:10PM Can’t see the lines on the tennis courts and windshields are already covered..

  33. Elizabeth says:

    Can you remove the stupid banner covering the Eastern Shore? Since we get little attention on TV, it would be nice to at least see the map. It has been snowing in Accomack since 4:00 p.m. and is sticking to everything, including the roads.

  34. John says:

    The largest snow I can recall was in 1980. That is when the circus was at the Scope. It came up fast, stranding people inside the Scope.

    Think it was about 18 inches.

  35. Francene Kaufman says:

    I live in Denbigh section of Newport News on the corner of Beechmont Dr and Elder Rd and our street, Elder Rd is completely white, and we have a bit of covering on cars and yards are covered. It is coming down pretty good in our area.

  36. ella says:

    Snow sticking in Hampton

  37. Ron Finch says:

    I grew on up on Long Island NY. It was mandatory to have snow blower because of how much snow we got early. I am glad we got some of that snow today. Even though, I only have my shovel now…Ha

  38. Bob Clavile says:

    The temperatures seem to be staying well below the freezing point. Therefore, as a lifelong Pennsylvania…former snow lover. I suspect the sub-freezing temps will PREVENT the forcasted DEEP PREDICTIONS of snow.
    I may be wrong. But I honestly suspect…and hope. We get little of the seemingly PRAYED-FOR white stuff.

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Have heard that Sandbridge is getting hammered with this storm. How are they doing?

  40. dave says:

    I see the updated forcast now.ThanksI am in 6-8 or 8-10.Either way that is alot.

  41. Brandon says:

    Let it snow. Love it!!! But please fix the closings list on the website. It doesn’t load.

  42. Corey Achord says:

    It’s snowing in Baton Rouge,LA where my family lives and that’s rare for them. If we got 12in. in one day that would have to be a record for around the beach, even more than back in 2010.

  43. Joy Hinnant says:

    What do you predict for the Oyster Pt./Menchville area of Newport News? … nearer to 4″ or closer to 8.. I don’t like snow so I am hoping for the lesser amt.

  44. Dawn says:

    Chesapeake off battlefield by Chesapeake regional showing at least 3-4 inches.

  45. Rich says:

    I was statiopned in Norfolk 1978-82. In the late 70′s we had 2 big storms in about 2 weeks with over 20″ each. Anything in the records for this?

  46. Lynne says:

    When will the snow stop?

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  48. Oshai Thomas says:

    Likelyhood that malls would close ? Is it a greater chance because Chesapeake declared a state of emergency? Driving to work is my main concern .

  49. Kristen says:

    When will it stop snowing?

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