A fast-moving upper-level system called a “clipper” will move from the Central Plains this afternoon into North Carolina by Friday afternoon. This system will bring strong lift to the atmosphere over eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. Several inches of snow will be likely across the northern Outer Banks, with lighter amounts across Southside Virginia and Hampton Roads. Flurries and a few snow showers will be possible in Richmond and eastward through the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and although only a coating is expected, sub-freezing surface temps and frozen ground temps will promote slick spots for the evening rush hour.
Saturday and Sunday will be bitterly cold, with sunshine and highs remaining below freezing. The low temperatures Sunday morning will fall into the single digits, and with highs in the 20s, Valentine’s Day will end up being the coldest day so far this season.
A storm system will bring a wintry mix to the area Monday and Tuesday. The mode of precip continues to look like a snow, to mix, to rain scenario, with more rain than anything else appearing more likely. There is still a lot of disagreement in the model solutions for the exact track, timing, and cold air available for this system, so stay tuned over the next few days.
The rest of the week will feature seasonally cool weather, with a slight chance for a few rain or snow showers on Wednesday. -Zach
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