Monday Afternoon UpdateMarch 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
The National Weather Service has dropped the Winter Storms Warnings for our northern counties and replaced them with Winter Weather Advisories until 5 PM. These areas could see minor snow/sleet accumulations through the afternoon. The areas not highlighted will see mostly a cold rain with sleet/snow mixing in at times.
Jan in Reedville has already reported 1.5″ of snow at her house across the Northern Neck.
This second wave of moisture moved in a little bit earlier than expected and it should still continue through the evening commute. Here is the current satellite/radar image.
Notice that the arrows indicate that the precipitation is moving east northeast, so we will see the rain and sleet push back into the Southside and North Carolina over the next few hours. Our latest computer mo0del has this solution at 4 PM.
I think this model is under doing the coverage. I think we will see more rain across the Southside and North Carolina at this time. A few sleet pellets could mix in too. Rain/sleet mix possible for the Peninsula and more of a sleet/snow mix likely for the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Eastern Shore. Most of the precipitation should taper off tonight, although we can’t rule out a few light showers. Computer models have more rain moving in by Tuesday morning. We will have to monitor the temperatures Tuesday morning. It looks like some locations will be hovering around 32° and if that happens, then we could see freezing rain. Stay tuned!
Since the wind speeds have not been as strong as once previously thought, we should see the water levels come down a little bit over the next few high tide cycles. Tides will still remain elevated due to the northeasterly wind direction and the almost full moon, but we should only see nuisance tidal flooding if that.
I will have a complete update on WAVY News 10 starting at 4 PM. Meteorologist Don Slater will have a full forecast on WAVY News 10 at 5 , 5:30 and 6 PM.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona