A STRONG COLD FRONT CAUSES THUNDER-SNOW IN PARTS OF THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA… AFTER A VERY COLD AND BLUSTERY SUNDAY, TEMPERATURES RETURN TO MORE SEASONAL LEVELS ON MONDAY

It was a wild late afternoon and evening on Saturday as a strong cold front caused heavy snow showers as it moved through our region. Thunder and lightning were reported in some areas. A lightning strike reportedly hit sailors at Naval Station Norfolk. I don’t ever recall hearing about a lightning strike causing injury or damage during the winter season here in Hampton Roads. I was driving during the snow squall in Virginia Beach and I did not see any lightning. The snowflakes were large and quickly accumulated on vehicles, grassy surfaces, roofs, etc. We only received a coating but due to the drop in temperatures, snow did manage to cover some secondary roads. I expect the sun to melt the snow later this morning as temperatures rise above freezing. Winds were very strong as we are in between a strong high pressure system over the center of the nation and low pressure well offshore. Winds will slowly subside as the high pressure area moves closer to the Mid-Atlantic States. Temperatures will moderate on Monday and will be slightly above normal as we head towards mid-week. A weak frontal system may bring us some showers on Tuesday. That’s it for now. Have a great day.

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