Archive for January 28, 2010

POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR A MAJOR WINTER STORM FOR HAMPTON ROADS… TEMPERATURES PLUNGE THIS WEEKEND

A low pressure system moving to our south over the weekend has the potential to produce significant snowfall here in Hampton Roads. As I’ve said many times before, we are long overdue for a significant snowfall. The last snowfall was on December 26th, 2004!!! The models agree in general that snow will begin to fall later Friday night and will continue through the day on Saturday. Now, it is possible that the snow may mix with sleet or rain at times. And it is also possible that a complete changeover could occur, but indications are right now that accumulations are possible and they might be quite significant. It takes just the right conditions to create snow in Hampton Roads. (See my weather fact on this subject).  Cold air will definitely be in place and the storm track seems to be perfect for creating a real chance of snow here in Hampton Roads. How far north will the snow get? It’s hard to say as some models do indicate a slightly more northerly track. Could the forecast bust? Yes, but as we get closer to the event, it seems more likely that the forecast will verify. Winds will be quite gusty as the pressure gradient increases on Saturday. So, please monitor the forecast from the NWS and the local media so you can be prepared for the winter storm.

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