(WWBT) - FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY for Tuesday:
1. Scattered snow showers expected over the area
2. The return of arctic air
3. Brisk northwesterly winds that will make afternoon high temperatures in the upper 30's feel much colder!
A disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere will be arriving from the west late Monday night into Tuesday morning and will likely produce some scattered snow showers over our region.
Here's the latest hour by hour forecast showing what the radar might look like around 7 a.m. Tuesday and then at noon: NOTE these snow showers are scattered in nature and not everyone is guaranteed to see the flakes flying...
Little, if any accumulation is anticipated at this time for MOST OF US in Central Virginia. Accumulations will be hindered because:
1. Ground temperatures will be relatively warm
2. The ground should be quite wet from the rain that precedes this event
3. Air temperatures may be close to freezing, but will be marginal for accumulating snow.
Areas out near the Northern Neck might be in a better spot to see some slushy accumulations on Tuesday (1" or less).
We will continue with a First Alert Weather Day for Tuesday as we expect not only the potential for snow showers, but a cold, blustery day with afternoon temperatures in the 30s and wind chills dipping into the teens and 20s. As the wind diminishes Tuesday night, actual air temperatures are likely to dip into the teens and lower 20s over the region.
Some other notable information to share with you is the fact that we are now in the time period when Richmond had six consecutive days of record low temperatures back in the famous winter of 1940. The stretch of remarkable record cold followed Richmond's heaviest snowstorm on record, of more than 20 inches. Note the record lows of minus 11 and minus 12, temperatures we have not even gotten close to ever since.
Winter is still very much alive and we have plenty of winter weather to go before the start of Spring!
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