Monday’s First Warning Forecast: Very cold and windy to start the week

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Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Cold, windy, and snow… An extremely cold and windy start to the new year. We will see another round of “bay (and sound) effect” snow this morning for areas around and south of the Chesapeake Bay to the Outer Banks. Snow will be isolated along the coastline with little to no accumulation expected (a dusting or less). Outside of the snow line we will see sunshine most of the day. Highs will only reach the upper 20s this afternoon, about 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. It will still be windy so it will feel more like the mid teens this afternoon.

 

Expect clear skies tonight but it will still be cold and windy. North winds will continue at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 possible. Lows will return to the mid teens with wind chill values in the single digits.

 

We will see mostly sunny skies tomorrow with a few clouds and stray flurries possible along the coast. Highs will return to the upper 20s. It will still be windy tomorrow morning but winds will gradually relax through the afternoon.

 

We are tracking another chance for snow for midweek. An area of low pressure will slide up the East Coast Wednesday and Thursday. We will likely see a rain/snow mix starting Wednesday afternoon, switching to all (or mostly) snow overnight into Thursday morning. As of now, about 2” of snow accumulation is expected for much of eastern VA and NC. Watch for updates and more fine-tuning to the timing and snow totals over the next 48 hours.

 

Today: AM Snow Shower (20%), A Few Clouds, Windy. Highs in the upper 20s. Winds: N 10-20G30

Tonight: Mainly Clear, Windy. Lows in the mid teens. Winds: N 10-20G25

Tomorrow: Mostly Sunny, Windy. Highs in the upper 20s. Winds: NW 5-15G25

 

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

January 1st

1962 Winter Storm: 4.9″ snow – Richmond

2007 Record 24 hour Rainfall: Richmond (1.60″), Chesterfield & Hanover greater than 3″

 

 

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