Monday, January 31, 2011

Wintry Weather Possible Overnight

A light mix of sleet and freezing rain will be possible overnight in central VA. I stopped our model data at 2 PM to show how the precipitation will expand over the area after midnight. Although the model shows rain in the green color, this rain will be falling into sub-freezing temps and will freeze on contact, creating a glaze of ice. The amounts will be light, but it doesn't take much ice to cause big problems, so take it easy out there tonight through early tomorrow. A massive winter storm will cripple much of the nation this week with several feet of snow and strong winds. Temperatures behind this system could stay below zero. We'll be on the warm side of this system Wednesday, with highs near 70 degrees and a chance of thunderstorms.