Archive for January 10, 2011

A COMPLEX LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL AFFECT HAMPTON ROADS FROM LATE MONDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY… AS OF MONDAY MORNING, FORECASTERS BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL MOST LIKELY BE MAINLY A RAIN EVENT FOR HAMPTON ROADS WITH SOME SNOW AND SLEET POSSIBLE WHEN THE PRECIPITATION BEGINS

As I’ve been saying for the last several days, forecasters face a major challenge with this rather complex storm system moving northeastward towards the Mid-Atlantic States. As of the time of this writing, forecasters are saying that this will be mostly a rain event for the majority of Hampton Roads. However, some snow and/or sleet may occur at the onset of the precipitation. Due to warm air moving in aloft, rain is expected during most of this precipitation event. There are some significant differences between the expected set-up of this storm and what we saw with the December 26th storm. The details of the differences are quite complicated but the main difference is the previous storm did not have significant warming aloft. This storm system is expected to pull up warmer air for the south just above the surface. That is why rain is anticipated. Areas to our west are expected to have some serious problems with more snow/sleet and some icing. Up to our north, near blizzard conditions may once again impact the Northern Mid-Atlantic States and parts of New England as the storm system intensifies off the coast. I would still monitor your local media and the NWS for any changes in the forecast. It wouldn’t take that much of a change to result in a quick inch or two of snow for Hampton Roads, but right now, that is not the forecast. We shall see how this all turns out. The rest of the week (Wed through Sat)  should be just dry and cold.

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