This is a time to be thankful we do not live in New England because our friends up north are looking at a major snowstorm Tuesday into Wednesday. We will be on the southern edge of this developing Nor’ Easter, so we could see some winter weather, but nothing like what they will see in the upcoming days. There are blizzard warnings in effect for coastal areas from New Jersey all the way up to Maine, including New York City and Boston. Travel WILL be impacted and flights are already being canceled across some of the nation’s biggest airports. These areas along the coast (covered by the dark blue area on the map below) could see anywhere from 1-3 feet of snow! Businesses and schools could be shut down for days. Power outages are likely with wind gusts over 50mph.
Tracking a Developing Nor’Easter
Since we will be on the southern edge of the storm we are only expecting light accumulations. But any snow could cause some travel problems across Hampton Roads early Tuesday morning. Let’s first talk about tomorrow. Highs will be in the low to mid 50s Monday afternoon. Talk about a mild day! Scattered RAIN showers will be possible Monday afternoon and evening.
Future Trak at 5 PM Monday
Colder air will move in Monday night on the backside of the low. Temperatures will be dropping into the 30s and that is when the rain will change over to snow from north to south. Temperatures will be around 32° Tuesday morning, so minor accumulations will be possible. Here is what our Future Trak model has at 7 AM Tuesday.
Future Trak at 7 AM Tuesday
The snow will accumulate on grassy surfaces, decks, cars, bridges and overpasses first. The snow may not accumulate on the roads at first because the ground temperatures could be too warm. Keep in mind that we will be in the 50s tomorrow. Our Future Trak computer model is the wettest model right now. Some other computer models don’t have much snow at all, indicating that drier air will be moving in from the northwest, so lack of moisture could be an issue. If that is the case, then we may not see any snow accumulation at all. So this forecast is subject to change. After looking at all of the guidance, here is my latest forecast snow total map.
Tuesday Snow Totals
It will be cold and breezy on Tuesday with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Winds will be strong out of the northwest at 10-20mph, gusting higher at times. This could result in nuisance to minor tidal flooding for Sewells Point, which is a good benchmark for Southside Hampton Roads. Northwest winds will push the water down the Bay causing the water levels to increase during high tide Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nuisance to Minor Tidal Flooding Possible
I will have another update on WAVY News 10 at 10 PM on FOX43 and WAVY News 10 at 11. Tune in!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona