WINTER STORM WARNING — Wednesday through Friday, Jan 3-5, 2018 — UPDATE

A SEVERE winter storm is on the way that will affect us beginning Wednesday night and continuing through Thursday, possibly into Friday.

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UPDATE:

As of 11:00 PM, Wednesday, Jan 3, snow started about 45 minutes ago; the ground is now covered.

UPDATE:

As of 2:30 PM, Wednesday, Jan 3, the forecasts for Wednesday night and Thursday are:

Wednesday night.  Snow likely. Low 23F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.  Snow anticipated to start between 9 and 10 PM.

Thursday daytime.  Windy. Snow during the morning will give way to partly cloudy conditions during the afternoon. High 29F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Forecast low temperatures for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are 9, 7, and  6 degrees, with winds 10 – 15 MPH.

UPDATE:

As of 7:00 AM, Wednesday, Jan 3, our weather forecast for Wednesday evening is:

Snow likely. Low 24F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.

The forecast for Thursday, Jan 4:  Snow showers early. Peeks of sunshine later. High 29F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Forecast low temperatures for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are 9, 7, and  6 degrees, with winds 10 – 15 MPH.

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This storm is being caused by the conjunction of a blast of very cold air coming from the northwest with a large area of warm, moist air moving up the coast.

Predictions for our neighborhood are for 1 to 3 inches of snow starting Wednesday night, ending Thursday noon, accompanied by high winds and very cold temperatures.

From Norfolk to the Maryland and Delaware beaches, including much of the southern half of the Delmarva Peninsula, 3 to 6 inches of heavy snow are predicted from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon.

Farther inland in the Mid-Atlantic, near Interstate 95, the storm’s exact track will be highly consequential. Current computer models suggest most, if not all, snowfall will occur east of Washington and Baltimore on Wednesday night into early Thursday. But small shifts to the west could bring some snow to these cities.

Because of the low pressure area off the coast and the high pressure area moving in from the NW, the National Weather Service is warning of possibly very high, damaging winds.  Our wind gusts are likely to exceed 30 MPH.

This article provides a detailed discussion and description of the coming storm.

UPDATE:

The latest forecast for Wednesday night, Jan 3, from The Weather Channel:

Cloudy with snow. Low 24F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

Forecast for Thursday, Jan 4 — note the high winds:

Windy with snow showers before noon. Partly cloudy later. High 29F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Winter Storm Watch issued for our area.

 

Issuing Office: Wakefield

Source: National.Weather.Service

9:44pm EST, Tue Jan 2

 

… WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON… * WHAT… HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON THURSDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. * WHERE… PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST MARYLAND AND EASTERN VIRGINIA. * WHEN… FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS… SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY ARE POSSIBLE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW, SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.