A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA ON TUESDAY… HOW MUCH SNOW WILL WE ACTUALLY RECEIVE?

As the headline states, the NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Southside Hampton Roads and NE NC on Tuesday. Why? Well, a low pressure area is expected to develop to our south and west later on Monday. As this low moves to our south on Tuesday, it is expected to intensify as it pulls in colder air. This low should produce a swath of significant snowfall and pinpointing exactly where that will be is quite difficult at this time. The current thinking is that the heaviest snow will fall from the Raleigh area E-NE to Elizabeth City, NC. A slight shift in the low’s track and everything changes. Based on the predictions that I’ve seen, the average is about 2-4 inches in Hampton Roads with more to the south and west. This will be the last in a series of disturbances that have been diving southeastward into the Mid-Atlantic States. One disturbance that moved through on Sunday brought about 0.40 inches of rain to my backyard. The combination of the damp ground and light winds caused some dense fog in areas early Monday morning. Some locations reported black ice on roadways in our northern and western areas. The fog will lift today and there is a chance of a shower or two. The wind shifts from the SW to the N overnight and that is what will bring in the chillier air. As the low pressure area approaches the area on Tuesday, steadier snow is expected to develop. Temperatures are expected to be cold enough to support snow. Things quiet down on Wednesday and temperatures should slowly moderate. Please drive safe and remember to leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

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