Snowy Day For The OBX Plus Latest Snow Totals Map

February 11th, 2014 at 7:05 pm by under Weather

It has been a snowy day across the Outer Banks all the way down to Hatteras Island. Flurries were reported as far north as Elizabeth City, but the accumulating snow remained south of the Albermarle Sound as expected. Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures of the snow! :) We had lots of great ones, here are a couple.

Hatteras Lighthouse

Hatteras Lighthouse – Credit: Shannon


Avon – Credit: Dianna

Here is a look at today’s snow totals across the Outer Banks:

Hatteras: 5-6″
Waves: 6″
Wanchese: 4.5″
Buxton: 6.5″
Avon: 3-4″
Rodanthe: 4″

Feel free to add your snow totals to the comments section of this blog. Thanks!

The National Weather Service has upgraded the Northern Neck to a Winter Storm Warning (pink areas) Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Middlesex, Gloucester, Surry, Sussex, James City and Southampton Counties are all under a Winter Weather Advisory (purple areas) that are in effect from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Winter Weather Alerts

Winter Weather Alerts

These areas could see 1-2 inches of snow with higher amounts north toward the Northern Neck and west towards Richmond.

Keep in mind that most areas in Hampton Roads are not under a warning or advisory. This does not mean you will not see snow. Snow is still possible across North Carolina, the Southside, Peninsula and the Eastern Shore. Accumulations in these areas are going to be minimal because we don’t expect the snow to last that long. The precipitation could begin as snow during the onset of the event, but then change over to rain from south to north. Any snow accumulations will rapidly melt once the snow changes over to rain. It looks like temperatures will be above freezing for North Carolina, the Metro and parts of the Peninsula. But we could see temperatures below freezing across our western counties (from a Williamsburg, Smithfield, Suffolk line and points west. This is where we could see freezing rain/sleet and this is the type of situation that will have to be monitored hour by hour tomorrow evening.

Most of the computer models have trended warmer, which is why snow totals have been brought down. Many areas of going to see rain for most of the event.

Snow Totals

Forecast Snow Totals

Future Trak still shows the precipitation moving in after 3 PM Wednesday and it could be even later across the Southside.

Future Trak at 5 PM

Future Trak at 5 PM Wednesday

So the evening commute across the metro area may not be that bad. However, the snow and rain should reach the Southside and Peninsula by 6-7 PM. This timing is not exact and could still change, but most computer models have the bulk of precipitation moving in after the evening commute. We hope this hold true tomorrow or we could be dealing with messy road conditions for some areas.

Snow should change over to rain for almost everyone before midnight. The rain will continue into Thursday morning.

Future Trak at 12 AM

Future Trak at 12 AM

As the upper level trough swings in, our winds will switch over to the northwest and bring in some colder air Thursday. This means we may see the rain change back over to snow Thursday afternoon/evening. Little to no accumulation is expected because the ground will still be very wet and the temperatures should be above freezing at that time.

A lot of folks are asking about the wind. The wind is going to stay up over the next few days. Winds will remain out of the northeast at 15-25 mph during the day on Wednesday and then increase even more Wednesday night into Thursday. NNE winds will range from 20-30mph with gusts from 35-40mph Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Tides should come up a little bit and we may see nuisance tidal flooding during high tide Thursday morning which is around 8 AM. After high tide, winds shift more out of the north and northwest, eliminating the threat of tidal flooding.

Meteorologist Don Slater will have another update on WAVY News 10 at 11 and Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will be on WAVY News 10 starting at 4:30 AM Wednesday morning. Stay tuned!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona



5 Responses to “Snowy Day For The OBX Plus Latest Snow Totals Map”

  1. Sasha says:

    I’m not that happy that we are not getting snow… I wanted to see more snow, not rain and slush,, what a disappointment….

    1. Jeremy Wheeler says:

      Depending on where you live Sasha you could see some snow at the start. Jeremy

  2. Lisa says:

    I’m new to this area and I would really love a map that lists the areas that all the forecasts mention, like Middle Peninsula, Upper Peninsula, Northern Neck, etc. Is Williamsburg the middle peninsula because it is in the middle of the peninsula? Or is Upper Peninsula the peninsula to the north? The terms typically used in the forecasts are a bit confusing when they do not mention specific towns/cities. Thanks!

    1. Jeff Edmondson WAVY says:

      Williamsburg is part of the Peninsula.

  3. Martha Bunn says:

    What will Newport News denbigh area be getting? Rain snow sleet??

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