Another Mess In MarchMarch 17th, 2014 at 7:49 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Here we go again! Did we ever stop? It’s another lovely wintry mix in the region. Yes…that was sarcasm. I mentioned in a blog weeks ago, that we would have a chance for snow through at least March. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this keep up through April. Anyway, here’s what’s happening with the current system. We have had snow and sleet falling to the north of Hampton Roads through the overnight. We had mostly rain with some sleet in the metro area. It has been trying to change over to some snow this morning in the metro, but surface temperatures are above freezing.
An offshore low was scooting northeast along a stationary front. As the moisture pushed up from the south it hit some colder air over northern Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Heavy snow was falling from D.C. to New York.
As we go through the day, the precipitation will taper off for a while. This is expected from the late morning through the early afternoon.
By the mid-afternoon another round of moisture will push into the region. This will be along an upper level pocket of energy. So another mix of rain, sleet, and snow (blue) will enter the viewing area:
This second round will push through by about 6-7pm, then precipitation will become widely scattered again except for coastal North Carolina . Forecast snow totals will be highest on the Northern Neck. Jan in Reedville had about an inch from last night. Factoring in what we’ve already had, and another inch or so here’s what the snowfall forecast is for today.
Highs today will only be in the upper 30s. Winds will be northeast at 15-25mph with a few gusts up to 45mph near the shore. The winds will lead to some nuisance to minor tidal flooding between 9:30 and 11:30am. High tide is at 10:30am this morning.
By tonight the precipitation will taper off even more. We should hold on to quite a bit of clouds. This should stop the temperatures from falling too much. So lows will be in the low/mid 30s. Northeast winds will still gust up to 30mph, but they won’t be as strong as today. We’ll see some scattered rain showers with a bit of sleet mixing in at times. Tomorrow another offshore low will form, but farther away than today’s system. This will give us another chance for rain showers. The good news is that we are expected to warm up a bit. Highs will be in the 40s. We’ll still have northeast winds, but not as strong as today.
We could see a few more rain showers between Wednesday and Thursday. I can’t rule out a couple of sleet pellets in the mornings. At least high temperatures will warm up into the 50s for both of those days. We’ll be warm going into next weekend, but we’ll come out of the weekend with another shot of cold air. I’m over it as many of you have also indicated. In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb? I think we’re more like in like penguin, and out like a laughing hyena. The latter due to this weather being a joke.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler