Winter Storm Watches Posted!

February 10th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by under Weather

The light snow showers and flurries will continue to taper off tonight. We received numerous reports of the snow flying around this afternoon. As expected, we didn’t see any accumulation, but it was really coming down at times this afternoon.

Super Doppler 10 at 6 PM

Super Doppler 10 Radar at 6 PM

A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued, but does not go into effect until Wednesday evening and lasts through Thursday evening for all counties in blue. This does not mean that we won’t see winter weather across North Carolina, the Metro or the Eastern Shore. This watch has been posted for the areas that have better chances for seeing accumulating snow.

Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch

Notice the start time of the watch is Wednesday evening. So, Tuesday will be quiet, but COLD for most with highs in the low/mid 30s. A mix of rain and snow will be possible across the Outer Banks and Mainland Dare County. Here is what Future Trak has at 3 PM Tuesday. Looks like Hatteras should see mostly rain with more snow possible northward toward Manteo, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head. Temperatures should remain above freezing throughout the day across North Carolina, so any accumulations will be minimal (1 inch or less). Bridges and overpasses may become slippery.

Future Trak at 3 PM on Tuesday

Future Trak at 3 PM on Tuesday

The afternoon computer models haven’t changed too much. Computer models are slowing the system down and not bringing the rain/sleet/snow into the region until late Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. This Future Trak model just updated before I posted this blog.

Future Trak at 4 PM Wednesday

Future Trak at 4 PM Wednesday

All computer models are showing a big snow storm for Central and Western Virginia from I-95 West. This is not going to be a big snow storm for us in Hampton Roads. Computer models have the area of low pressure developing directly on top of us. Remember the heaviest snow always falls a good 100-150 miles northwest of the surface low. That puts the heavy snow well to the west of us. If this low were to shift more to the east, our snow totals could increase, but computer models have not shown that solution. Meteorologist Don Slater and I came up with this preliminary snow totals map below.

Preliminary Snow Totals

Preliminary Snow Totals

Things to Remember:

1. Rain/snow line is going to be tricky to forecast.
2. Best chance for accumulating snow across our region will be from Williamsburg and points north toward Gloucester and Reedville and points west toward Toano and Richmond.
3. Accumulating snow will not last long because snow should change over to rain, and cut down on totals.
4. Sleet/freezing rain possible for some areas Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This will create icy roads and make travel difficult.
5. Rain could change back over to a mix Thursday afternoon before finally coming to an end.
6. We are not expecting much snow on the ground by the end of the event due to all of the different precipitation types involved.

Meteorologist Don Slater will have another update on WAVY News 10 starting at 11:30 PM tonight. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will have the latest Tuesday morning on WAVY News 10 at 4:30 AM.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

 

 

One Response to “Winter Storm Watches Posted!”

  1. Jeff says:

    Alright Jeremy, I’m counting on you to give us a miracle scenario where the rain doesn’t kill our snow chances on the middle peninsula!

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