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Blog Party in Celebration of a Great Winter

By: tropicfreak, 2:58 AM GMT on February 21, 2009

I know it has been a long time since I've been blogging and the reason for that is because I have been so wrapped up in the snow.This winter we've had more snow this year than last year's annual snow total which was 0.8".We could of had a small snow storm 2 times but the dry air prevailed and the week after that snow was supposed to stick to the roads but instead the storm went wayyy south.

Here are the reasons why we don't get much snow

-too warm wintry weather changes to rain
-direct hits most of the moisture is either to the south north east or west and sometimes that happens when temps around here are cold enough.

There is a possibility that we could see snow flurries or snow showers but only accumulating to the grassy areas.

A soaking weekend for VA

If you plan on going out ANYTIME this weekend,keep that umbrella in handy because you're going to need it. Today we could see a 40% chance of showers mainly in the afternoon. We just got a shower earlier but now it has let up. And it has been a very warm day with highs near or at 70. Tonight will bring us showers early,then increasing to a steady rain with lows in the upper 40's.(Where the high should be at this time of year)Tomorrow morning will be on the cool side but certainly not like the past few mornings.Tomorrow will also bring a steady rain with our high in the morning,then the temperature will gradually decrease eventually getting down to the upper 30's. Tomorrow night will bring also a steady rain and IF it gets cold enough(temps are expected to drop to 32)we could see a rain/snow mix and probably a changeover to snow.Sunday morning we may catch a break with the snow ending early(snow accu.may only be a dusting on the grassy areas,if any)and we will stay dry for the first half of the day.It will be a cold one with highs in the upper 30's. Then in the afternoon a system coming up the coast will give us a pretty good dose of rain,later wintry weather. I'll talk about that in a moment.The rain will continue and in the evening enough cold air will filter in so we could see the rain changeover to snow. Low temps will be in the upper 20's staying cold enough to support snow and the track of it will depend on how much we get will depend on the track. If it stay's far enough to the west(it better stay to the west LOL)then we could see some heavier amounts of preciptiation. If it churns more to the east(it better not)then we could see little or no precipitation. The track of it will depend on how much we will get.Monday we could see some snow showers with highs only in the mid 30's.


SNOWSTORM???!!!!

It looks like finally Richmond will see a pretty good snow with big snow amounts. More on that later. Today we received a batch of rain but not much. Temps this morning at around sunrise was 54 degrees now it is 40 and of course, it has gotten colder as the day wears on. We should see more rain through early tomorrow morning. If it is cold enough (low temp at freezing,32) then we'll probably see a wintry mix with snow,sleet,freezing rain and rain. The best chance for snow will be west of I-95 but stil shoud see a mix of ice pellets into that. If you're looking for just snow you have to go towards Charlottesville and points west of that. But overall if you're heading out sunday morning, it shouldn't look too bad however, look out for a few slick spots on the roads especially on bridges and overpasses. Later sunday morning even though we could see a stray shower, we should remain dry, at least until noon. Highs sunday will be in the upper 30's. By afternoon rain develops and we should see plenty of it. In charlottesville and points west could see wintry precip. Now, here is what looks intresting. And FYI whenever you see a storm coming from the south you have to watch it very closely. Sunday evening colder air will filter in and we may see a mix of rain/snow. But at around 9pm it will change over to snow. The rain of course will get the roads wet and overnight it will freeze(low at 26) and so that will be cold enough so that the snow could stick to the road so if you're heading out Monday morning, it will be a slick commute to work. The snow should continue throughout monday with temps struggling to get above freezing which is perfect for snow. The snow will taper off monday evening. Monday night we could see a stray snow shower or flurry before it gets out of here. Lows Mon night will be freezing with lows in the upper teens. Here's what I think will happen in terms of snow accumulations. Richmond could see 1-3" of snow with greater amounts west of I-95.Points between Louisa and Charlottesville could see up to an inch. Charlottesville a points west will see 4-6"( from a separate storm) which is a pretty good amount. This storm will hype up richmonders because we haven't seen snow in quite some time now. I'll keep you posted. Oh and by the way. Points east of I-95 will see any where from 2-3" with 4 in some spots.


Lots of snow!

The snowfall accumulations is much greater than I predicted earlier in the day. Much of metro Richmond is under a winter storm watch meaning conditions are favorable for winter weather.

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for:
Henrico, VA

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for:
Chesterfield, VA

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for:
Hanover, VA

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for:
King William, VA

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for:
King And Queen, VA

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for:
Powhatan, VA

WINTER STORM WATCH in effect for:
Goochland, VA


Caroline, VA
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING.

LOW PRESSURE ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES TONIGHT WILL SLOWLY
MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS THE CAROLINAS SUNDAY...THEN PUSH OFF THE
DELMARVA COAST SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. RAIN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS
THE AREA TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. AS COLDER AIR OVERSPREADS THE AREA
FROM THE NORTH...THE RAIN WILL MIX WITH THEN CHANGE TO SNOW
SUNDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO MONDAY MORNING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE SUNDAY
NIGHT WITH ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY MORNING.
THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR UP TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH
AREA BEFORE THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

&&

$$


Amelia, VA
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING.

LOW PRESSURE ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES TONIGHT WILL SLOWLY
MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS THE CAROLINAS SUNDAY...THEN PUSH OFF THE
DELMARVA COAST SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. RAIN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS
THE AREA TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. AS COLDER AIR OVERSPREADS THE AREA
FROM THE NORTH...THE RAIN WILL MIX WITH THEN CHANGE TO SNOW
SUNDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO MONDAY MORNING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE SUNDAY
NIGHT WITH ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY MORNING.
THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR UP TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH
AREA BEFORE THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

&&

$$


Prince Edward, VA
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING.

LOW PRESSURE ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES TONIGHT WILL SLOWLY
MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS THE CAROLINAS SUNDAY...THEN PUSH OFF THE
DELMARVA COAST SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. RAIN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS
THE AREA TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. AS COLDER AIR OVERSPREADS THE AREA
FROM THE NORTH...THE RAIN WILL MIX WITH THEN CHANGE TO SNOW
SUNDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO MONDAY MORNING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE SUNDAY
NIGHT WITH ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY MORNING.
THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR UP TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH
AREA BEFORE THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

&&

$$



...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING.

LOW PRESSURE ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES TONIGHT WILL SLOWLY
MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS THE CAROLINAS SUNDAY...THEN PUSH OFF THE
DELMARVA COAST SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. RAIN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS
THE AREA TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. AS COLDER AIR OVERSPREADS THE AREA
FROM THE NORTH...THE RAIN WILL MIX WITH THEN CHANGE TO SNOW
SUNDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO MONDAY MORNING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE SUNDAY
NIGHT WITH ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY MORNING.
THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR UP TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE WATCH
AREA BEFORE THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

&&

$$
Areas as you can see within the watch area could see 4" or maybe greater in accumulations. Areas lin the Shenandoah valley such as Augusta county,Bath county is under a winter storm warning and they should see a whopping 6"-10" of snow. Areas east of I-95 which are not in the watch area should see 1-2" of snow which is still a pretty good amount. This is wayyy better than I ever dreamed of.The last time we ever saw this much snow was in 2004. Here is what I think should pan out for tonight,sunday and monday. Tonight the rain will continue to fall but cold air will come in and change over that rain to freezing rain. As we head into tomorrow morning. We could see a little bit of sleet and maybe some snow showers but not much in the way of accumulations. We should see a very light coating of ice on the grass. I don't think it will accumulate onto the roadways however,I wouldn't be surprised to see some slick spots though. We should catch a break at least through early afternoon then the rain develops. The rain should continue until Sunday evening. That's when the cold air filters in and we may see a changeover to a wintry mix then at around 9pm it will change to all snow. The snow should continue through mid-day monday and if you are heading out to work Monday morning( I hate mondays) then your commute will be slippery. This is a very big storm that finally should bring us great amounts of snow. I guess those warm temps fooled us though LOL. Please pay attention as much as possible and I'll keep you posted as much as I can.


Blog Party

I'm planning a blog party for next Friday which is the offical start of spring. It will last from 5pm-11pm. This is the first time I've planned a blog party for such a great winter because for as long as I've been here (3years) our winters have stunk but this year because of the 10" we got at the beginning of March, I will host a blog party in celebration of a great winter. Everyone is invited. I know most of you southerners have had a pretty successful winter as well, so celebrate with us.I'll bring meat, pizza and drinks. The weather has been soggy over the course of the weekend but you only have to go through one more day of rain then clearing. Tonite will be cloudy with lows at 40. Tomorrow will be rainy with highs around 50. It will clear mon nite with lows around 40. Tues the sun will come out with highs in the upper 50's and wednesday will be warm and Ptly couldy with highs in the upper 60's. Thursday we could see a few showers with highs around 60. Don't worry folks. It may have been a soggy and cold weekend, but the warmth and sunshine are on their way!


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Live in Richmond VA. I'm a recent high school graduate who is looking to pursue a career in meteorology. Winter storms and the tropics fascinate me.