RECORD BREAKING COLD IS POSSIBLE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY… THE ARCTIC FRONT MAY BE ACCOMPANIED BY SNOW SHOWERS WEDNESDAY EVENING… MILDER AIR WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION OVER THE WEEKEND ALONG WITH A CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION

Weather forecasters are predicting that we may have the coldest temperatures in over 10 years Thursday into Friday here in Hampton Roads! Records may be broken as it is expected to be colder than it ever was at this time of year in recorded history! That’s not what we want to hear with all this snow and ice around. Hopefully, there will be some melting today (Wednesday) as temperatures are expected to rise into the 30’s. How high temperatures get today depends on how much sunshine we receive. The Arctic front is expected to have a line of snow showers accompanying it as it sweeps through Wednesday evening. Although there is not a lot of moisture to work with, there’ll be enough lift in the atmosphere to create a quick burst of snow that may leave a coating to an inch in some spots. This may be problematic since temperatures are expected to be cold enough for the snow to stick to the pavement. If you are out traveling this evening, please be mindful of that. Then, the Arctic air surges in and temperatures are expected to be in the low teens Thursday morning with wind chill readings lower than that. This Arctic blast is not expected to have the very strong damaging winds that the previous blast had, but temperatures will be colder with this air mass. Winds will still be very gusty, though, through most of Thursday. On Friday, it will be extremely cold and the winds are expected to slacken a bit. The forecast for the weekend is quite uncertain at this time as another low pressure system will be impacting the Mid-Atlantic States. Milder air is expected to move into the region so there is a lot of uncertainty concerning the precipitation type across Virginia. From what I’ve seen, Hampton Roads will probably have mostly rain with maybe some snow or sleet at the start with this system. The timing of the system seems to be that chances of precipitation increase later Saturday and Sunday. Areas to our north and west may have accumulating snowfall and sleet/ice may be an issue again with this system in those areas. If you are traveling to northern/western VA and points north and west this weekend, check the forecast before you leave. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day! Be safe out there!

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