Snow overnight, blizzard conditions for the east coast
(WAVY) – Hampton Roads’ second straight weekend with wintry weather is about to begin! Although we are not expecting as much snow as last time, we are still expecting impacts during the first part of the weekend.
WHAT: Snow, gusting winds and freezing temperatures
HOURLY: Snow is developing tonight, first scattered around 9-10 p.m., becoming more widespread across much of the Hampton Roads area after midnight. Decreases on Saturday morning from west to east.
WHAT CHANGED: No major change since this morning. The winter storm warning has been extended to Newport News.
Winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and blizzard warnings are in effect for our area. The winter storm warning is for areas close to the coast. The advisories are for inland areas, where snowfall totals will be lower. Finally, the blizzard warning is in effect for Northampton and Accomack counties on the east coast.
Why is there a blizzard warning for the east coast? This is where the winds will be the strongest, the visibility will be the lowest and the snow totals will be the highest.
Snow will begin to fall in the area late tonight. Some of the heaviest amounts of snowfall are expected overnight, as many of you are sleeping. By Saturday morning, the snow will slowly diminish from west to east. However, as it is drier snow, there will still be wind and drift snow through Saturday. Also, if you drive over one of the bridges/tunnels, there could be spray.
Winds will be a BIG factor with this system. Throughout the day on Saturday, gusts will be in the 30-45mph range – with slightly higher gusts of 50 possible on the east coast. This could lead to scattered power outages and lead to wind and snow drift. Along with the wind, the feeling of temperature (aka wind chill) will also be lower – with those readings in the teens in the single digits in places through Saturday.
The tidal flooding is expected to be at the minor flood stage in most places. There may be a few places towards Lynnhaven Inlet and the west side of the east coast that would experience greater impacts, but flooding is not expected to be significant.
Here is the final thought in terms of amounts. Most of the East Suffolk metro area through Chesapeake and VA Beach should see 2-4″. There may be an area of higher totals in the northern portions of VA Beach closer to the water.
Overall it will be LESS snow than last time for much of the area. Inland areas – due to snowfall as the temperatures are a bit warmer and the blowing nature of the snow – it can be difficult to tell that it has snowed heavily.