THE FIVE YEAR SNOW DROUGHT IS OVER FOR HAMPTON ROADS… SNOW/SLEET/FREEZING RAIN TAPERS OFF LATER SATURDAY FOLLOWED BY A VERY CHILLY SUNDAY

Well, as the headline states, the five year snow drought is over for Hampton Roads. (The last significant snowfall was on December 26th, 2004). Low pressure developing just off the southeast coast will slowly move northeastward off of the NC Coast. This low has been producing snow across the region since the pre-dawn hours. To our southeast over the Outer Banks, some sleet and freezing rain has been occuring. The snow will continue varying in intensity thoughout a good part of the day. Forecasters are closely watching the changeover line which is just to our southeast. If the slightly warmer air at higher levels of the atmosphere moves further north, a changeover will occur, which would in effect, hold down overall snow accumulations. Total accumulations will vary across Hampton Roads, but from the way it looks now, I would say that a foot is in reach in some of the “luckiest” places. Like I said, it all depends on that warm air aloft and whether sleet/freezing rain develops. And of course, freezing rain raises concerns it there is enough of an ice build up. Temperatures are not expected to go much above the freezing point through the weekend. So, officials recommend that you do not drive today, unless you absolutely have to. Just stay put today. With temperatures remaining below freezing on Sunday, road conditions on the secondary roads will still be quite treacherous. I expect the interstates to be passable tomorrow. Winds will also be increasing this morning as the low pressure area intensifies, which will casue some blowing snow conditions. Tides may run slightly above normal but forecasters don’t think that tidal flooding will be too much of an issue with this system. I’ll have an update on Sunday morning.

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