Saturday’s Recap Plus Drier & Colder on Sunday

February 15th, 2014 at 8:59 pm by under Weather

What a cold, windy and rainy Saturday! Rain showers developed early this morning and lasted for much of the day, finally coming to an end just before the 6 PM newscast. Many areas picked up between 0.25″-0.5″ of rain today. Strong northwesterly winds have been ushering in colder air all afternoon. We did see the rain change over to snow for a brief period of time for some folks. Our weather watcher Jan in Reedville saw snow from around 2-2:30 PM. Many people reported seeing a rain/snow mix in Mathews County, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Poquoson, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and other spots along the Eastern Shore between 2-6 PM. Here is what the radar looked like at 5 PM.

Satellite/Radar at 5 PM

Satellite/Radar at 5 PM

Sharon in Mathews County sent in this photo of the heavy, wet snow that fell earlier today. Temperatures were in the mid to upper 30s, so most of the snow melted on contact.

Snow in Mathews County

Snow in Mathews County

Along with the rain, we had the WIND! Winds were sustained between 15-25 mph for a good portion of the afternoon due to the pressure gradient between the low strengthening offshore and the high building in from the west. I noticed the wind rocking my SUV from side to side while driving to work today. Check out these peak wind gusts from some locations across Hampton Roads.

Peak Wind Gusts

Saturday Peak Wind Gusts

Winds will continue to slowly diminish after midnight tonight. Before midnight, winds will range from 10-20mph. After midnight, wind speeds should come down between 5-15mph. It will still be very cold as lows drop into the mid to upper 20s by Sunday morning. Sunday will be drier, but colder with highs in the lower 40s. Some computer models are picking up on a little bit of moisture moving in behind another cold front Sunday night. Most of the energy with this storm system will stay to our north. But we may see some flurries develop across the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Eastern Shore between 8-11 PM tomorrow night. No accumulation expected at this time.

Future Trak at 10 PM

Future Trak at 10 PM Sunday

Monday (Presidents’ Day) will be even colder with highs only in the upper 30s. Then get ready for a WARM-UP! Highs will be back in the 50s on Tuesday and 60s on Wednesday. I can’t wait! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Stay warm!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

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