The 11 am call with VDEM and NWS ended, and we have the following to report:
Norfolk is still looking at 4”-6”, with 4” being the most likely and 6” being the worst-case. The timing of the snow has been pushed to later this afternoon and into the overnight hours. Specifically, the best chance of snow should now be 7 pm to 7 am, which is reflected in the attached Hourly Graph. The only change in the forecasted temps is that they will remain at or below freezing until Sunday afternoon when it should also be mostly sunny.
Prior to the VDEM/NWS call, we also received a regional brief from our friends at Dominion Energy. Their models suggest Virginia Beach and parts of Norfolk and Chesapeake could see some wet snow associated with this system. If so, it would likely start around 10 pm. Of course, wet snow and freezing conditions can result in some downed tree limbs and downed power lines. Dominion already has teams on stand-by and/or enroute including an army of contract buckets, damage assessment teams, and tree crews.
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Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response