A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IS LIKELY IN PARTS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA… FOR HAMPTON ROADS, THE FORECAST CALLS FOR MOSTLY RAIN… WINDS MAY GUST TO NEAR 40 MPH, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST… CONDITIONS IMPROVE LATER MONDAY

A low pressure system tracking E-NE is expected to bring a major snowfall for the western portions of North Carolina and Virginia. Some of the higher elevations of North Carolina may get upwards of 18 inches of snow! In Hampton Roads, it looks like we will see mostly rain with possibly some snow or sleet mixed in, especially over the western Tidewater area. A wind flow off of the water, which is relatively milder than the land, will almost guarantee that precipitation will be in the liquid form along the coast. Winds may gust to near 40 MPH in areas closer to the ocean and bay. Dry air to the north associated with high pressure will cause a sharp cutoff of precipitation. In western Virginia, there will areas that receive heavy snowfall while just a few miles to the north, there will only be light accumulations. Where that precipitation cutoff line sets up is still uncertain as computer models have been unable to come to an agreement. Also, individual models have been waffling back and forth. If you live in the affected areas, you should monitor the forecast very closely throughout the day today. This storm system will not be turning up the coast, like many others do. It will head out to sea as it intensifies. Had this been mid-January, I think that Hampton Roads may have received more snow, but ocean temperatures are still a little too warm. Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion will also be an issue as the storm intensifies. On Monday, the storm will depart and conditions will improve, but it will still be quite windy. Milder weather is expected later in the week. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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