The snow/sleet did lighten up earlier this afternoon. Many folks were asking if we were in the clear. But we expected a second round of precipitation to move in as a disturbance moved across the region. Since we saw sleet for several hours, it has cut down on overall snow totals. But keep in mind that sleet covered roads are much more dangerous to travel on compared to snow covered roads. This second batch of mainly snow is now moving back into the metro areas. This secondary band will mostly impact the Peninsula, Southside and North Carolina. So additional accumulations are possible across these areas. Here is our latest snow totals map for what we can see this evening, on top of what we already have.
Our Future Trak model has all of the snow and sleet continuing into 10-11 PM before ending before midnight.
Any sleet/snow already on the roads will remain there overnight as temperatures plummet into the lower 20s. Winds will be howling out of the northeast at 10-20mph gusting up to 30mph at times. This wind off the water may keep temperatures a few degrees higher along the coast compared to inland spots. But everyone will be below freezing, that is the key take-away. Wind chill values will be in the single digits. Bridges and overpasses will freeze first, but there will be a lot of slick spots on roads too, especially secondary roads.
Most of sleet has now turned into all snow across the Southside. Now the roads are becoming snow covered. This is a major concern because the snow is now covering the sleet underneath of it. This will only make the roads even more slippery. Plus, drivers may think that the roads are just snow covered, when they are really snow and ice covered. It is much easier to drive on snow-covered roads compared to snow/ice covered roads. Vehicles will not have much traction with the snow and sleet that has already accumulated. So if you are home, it is best to stay home tonight. If you still have to drive tonight, please be careful. Slow down and make sure to leave plenty of space between the cars in front of you.
Here is a map I created showing today’s actual snow totals. These reports came from the National Weather Service and from all of your Facebook and Twitter reports. Thanks so much for helping us out! That last burst of snow dropped an additional 1″-2″ across much of the Southside and the Peninsula earlier this evening.
Computer models continue to show a weak area of low pressure developing offshore Tuesday afternoon. This low could throw some moisture our way and bring us the chance for a few showers tomorrow afternoon. With all of the cold air in place, we could see a snow/sleet mix across the Southside. Rain showers likely for North Carolina with the possibility of a few sleet pellets mixing in from time to time. Right now, this doesn’t look like a big concern, since the precipitation should be very light and widely scattered. But if we see more sleet, it would just add to what is already on the roads. We should see some improvement with the road conditions tomorrow afternoon, but not much since temperatures will remain below freezing for much of the day. Highs will only be in the low to mid 30s.
Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will have another update Tuesday morning with a special edition of WAVY News 10 starting at 4AM. Stay tuned to WAVY TV and wavy.com for the latest on school/business closings.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona