January 28th, 2010

First day of school

It was 60 today... but snow is apparently coming.

THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL USHER IN MARKEDLY COLDER AIR TONIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. AS THIS HAPPENS... A STORM SYSTEM WILL BE COMING TOGETHER ALONG THE CENTRAL GULF COAST... INTENSIFYING AS IT SLIDES EAST NORTHEAST TO A POSITION JUST OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST SATURDAY MORNING.

LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO PUSH ACROSS THE WATCH AREA FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST FRIDAY EVENING... CONTINUING INTO MIDDAY SATURDAY.

WHILE SPECIFIC SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE STILL SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN... BASED ON THE CURRENT PROJECTED STORM TRACK... THIS SYSTEM WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE BETWEEN 4 AND 9 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS THE WATCH AREA... WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS EXPECTED TO THE SOUTH OF METRO RICHMOND.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS REGARDING THIS DEVELOPING SITUATION. MINOR CHANGES IN THE STORM TRACK AND INTENSITY... AND SUBSEQUENT FORECAST ADJUSTMENTS... ARE LIKELY IN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

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.