Archive for February 28, 2009

THE BATTLE OF THE AIR MASSES WILL MAKE FOR AN ACTIVE THREE DAY PERIOD FOR HAMPTON ROADS… HAMPTON ROADS SHOULD SEE RAIN ON SATURDAY WITH SNOW A POSSIBILITY SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY

I know that most of us are ready for spring after this rather chilly winter. Although it has been cold at times, we still have not seen accumulating snow here in Hampton Roads. It’s been over 4 years since we’ve seen a significant snowfall. Well, forecasters are currently saying that the white stuff is indeed a possibility late Sunday into early Monday. Of course, everything has to be just perfect for it to snow here in Hampton Roads as we have a lot of factors that go against us seeing snow. However, with a low pressure area intensifying offshore, cold air plunging in from the north and the timing of the event being at night which mitigates the effects of the strong March sun, snow is a real possibility. But first, we have to get through Saturday. A wave of low pressure combined with overrunning should bring us a decent soaking from late Saturday morning through the evening hours. The further south you are, the heavier the rain will be. Our northwestern suburbs probably won’t see much at all. Then, we get a small break in the precipitation on Sunday as the next system approaches. The exact track and intensity of this system will determine the amount of snow that we see Sunday night into Monday. Wind will also be a factor and tidal flooding is possible. In my Sunday morning update, I’ll provide a breakdown of the scenarios that are possible. I’m hoping that forecasters have a better handle of this system by then. The models right now (Saturday at 0900) are not all in agreement with the placement of the heaviest precipitation. The good news is that we are hopefully going to get significant precipitation. It has been very dry the past several weeks. So, check back in Sunday morning for my post on this potential winter storm.

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