Archive for January 6, 2011

COULD HAMPTON ROADS BE IN FOR ANOTHER MAJOR WINTER STORM EARLY NEXT WEEK?… THERE MIGHT EVEN BE A LITTLE SNOW LATE FRIDAY NIGHT IN SOME AREAS

A very challenging forecast faces meteorologists over the next several days. The first challenge is a weak system that might produce a little snow on Friday night across parts of the area. Right now, forecasters aren’t predicting anything major, just a dusting on the grassy surfaces, roofs, etc. And that is only a possibility right now. Note that parts of the Northern Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeastern states may see some snow on Friday as a system swings north of us around a large polar vortex in Eastern Canada. The main event for Hampton Roads may come Monday night into Tuesday as a major winter storm is expected to move from the Southern Plains States eastward to the East Coast. The storm is expected to intensify and move up the coast. (Sound familiar?) As with the previous snowstorm, the models are waffling back and forth on this system with each model run and they are also offering differing outcomes or solutions. Some with less snow but colder and some with a rain/snow mix and warmer. It’s still too early to nail the details down but it does appear that some areas of the Mid-Atlantic States may see a significant snowstorm once again early next week. Norfolk only averages 9 inches of snow a year and we have well exceeded that already. Maybe we are making up for the 5 year snow drought that was broken last January. Stay tuned on this one. I’ll have an update on Saturday.

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