CONCERN GROWS FOR POTENTIAL SNOWFALL ON TUESDAY… AN ARCTIC BLAST WILL FOLLOW THIS SYTEM ON WEDNESDAY

There is growing concern based on the latest model runs that SE VA may see some accumulating snowfall later Tuesday. Although a major snow event is not expected at this time, there is a chance that parts of Hampton Roads may see enough snow to cause some problems for commuters Tuesday afternoon and evening. A shortwave will be intensifying an Alberta Clipper like low pressure system just off our coastline. This will create enough lift in the atmosphere to create precipitation Tuesday afternoon, possibly starting as light rain or a rain/snow mix. Then, as temperatures fall Tuesday afternoon and evening, the precipitation should become all snow. At the current time (Sunday evening), there is a lot of uncertainty with this potential system. First of all, moisture is expected to be limited. Temperatures should start out in the 40’s on Tuesday but they will be dropping throughout the afternoon dropping to the freezing point during the late afternoon. The low pressure system will be intensifying as it moves northeast away from Hampton Roads, so whatever snow that does materialize, it will end Tuesday night. The further north and east you are, the higher chance for accumulating snow. The Eastern Shore will probably get the most out of this system, as it looks right now. Wednesday will be a very cold day with gusty winds. Before we get to Tuesday, we should have a great day on Monday with mild temperatures. So, you need to monitor the local media and the National Weather Service for the latest updates.

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