From Snow To IceboxJanuary 30th, 2014 at 8:27 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
I won’t lie. It was actually great yesterday to take a walk in the snow. I walked about a block and a half from the TV station to the hotel, and it made it feel like I was back home (Illinois). Kids got to enjoy the snow, but it was difficult to build snowmen as the snow was very dry. Last night we had clearing skies as expected. However, the winds cut down to nothing. With that and the snow/ice on the ground the temperatures this morning plummeted. They went about 10 degrees colder than the computer models forecast. So our low temperatures this morning were in the negatives in several cities.
In fact…we broke a record low in Norfolk. The temperature there briefly dropped to 6 degrees. This broke the old record of 10 set back in 1934.
I’m sure the models overdid the temperatures due to the difference in the wind. I also mentioned that we had clear skies last night. This aids in radiational cooling. However, the clouds have been building back from the south since then.
Some of the models increase those clouds even more today. In fact our Future Trak model has tried to bring in a few flurries, sprinkles, and/or sleet pellets later today.
At this time I’m not expecting any accumulations. It’s just some extra moisture/warmth trying to push back into the area in the mid-levels. But this is something that we’ll have to watch carefully. Even a few spots of light rain and sleet could create a real mess (locally). Either way we are looking at dry weather for tomorrow.
Temperatures will struggle to reach the low 30s this afternoon with northeast winds at 5-10mph. Tonight lows will kind of hold in the 20s in the metro with some teens in the inland locations where more clearing is forecast. Finally tomorrow we’ll see high temperatures in the mid 40s. Skies will be partly sunny with light southwest winds.
We are looking at warmer temperatures this weekend. Highs will be in the 50s with a mix of sun and clouds. Next week we are looking at some cold rain showers with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s. By next Wednesday we’ll see highs in the 60s. Rain is expected later in the day. Some folks are asking about the next big storm. Since some of the models had us dry 3 days before this last storm, I’m gonna wait a bit to focus on anything past 7 days.
Be careful on the roads today. While many of the main roads have been cleared, there are many streets that were treated yesterday. Those roads had some brief melting, and then they re-froze last night. Also, many folks drove over the snowy streets yesterday. This tamped down the snow and compressed it. So those tracks will be icy this morning. It may be difficult to tell the difference between ice, lighter dry spots, black ice, and asphalt. Welcome to the ice-box….literally.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler