Storm Not Done YetFebruary 13th, 2014 at 1:10 pm by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
It has been a dreary morning with cold rain across the area. We picked up about an inch to an inch and a half so far. Plus, all of the snow melted last night. So it was very soggy. We had some nuisance type tidal flooding this morning, but that is pretty much done now. The precipitation turned into mostly drizzle form the late morning through the midday hours, but rain and a wintry mix were regathering off to our west.
While the surface low was slowly pushing away, the upper level trough was moving in behind it causing the 2nd round of of precipitation. Again a reminder for the map above…green is rain, yellow is moderate rain. Blue is snow and pink is a wintry mix. So with the snow headed back towards us we do have a Winter Storm Warning for a couple of counties in the viewing area. That’s where we will see higher amounts of snow.
This is mostly for counties on the western and northern fringes of the viewing area. The precipitation is expected to move into the Hampton Roads metro by the evening commute. Even Future Trak has it well into Hampton Roads by the 5-6pm hour:
The wintry mix will keep turning into scattered light snow showers through the evening. The computer models do show this, but they also have temperatures in the mid 30s at that time. So we’re anticipating some melt at first. However, the ground is by no means warm. So snow will begin to accumulate. Overall we are not expecting heavy snow, but a few pockets of moderate snow are possible. The snow will taper off from 9-11pm. The snow should end by midnight. Then some of that and the wet pavement could turn into patchy black ice.
We’ll dry out tonight with lows near 30 degrees. Here’s the latest snowfall forecast for this evening through tonight:
It’s possible that we could get an inch in some of the dusting area. That will be up to the surface temperatures. If they drop sooner, then we’ll see more than a dusting. The higher amounts are forecast to be inland and north. The 2-4″ area affects mostly the Richmond area, but they zone may shift a little to the east or north.
I do have some good news for the non-snow lovers. Tomorrow’s weather looks good. We are calling for mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 50s. I can’t wait. However, we are still expecting a bit of a wintry mix Saturday morning into the early afternoon. The timing has been changing for that. So we’ll have to see a couple more updates before we have a lot of confidence in the weekend forecast. Stay tuned for those updates.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler