Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunshine and Snowflakes

Traffic cam captures by Capital Region Forecaster Nikki  of 3 or more inches in Central Virginia...again. Readers are always welcome to share their images of  weather in their area within our comment link above. 

2:10 PM EST 3/5/12 (Forecaster Jason M.) The clipper system moving across the Mid-Atlantic is tracking a bit further northward according to latest observations. Flurries and light snow are being reported by our readers in Facebook as far north as the PA/MD line, The latest NWS advisories for the Mid-Atlantic & Northeast
  • Portions of central Virginia will likely receive several inches of snow by early afternoon. View the latest NWS Sterling snowfall graphic.
  • Winter Storm Warnings were recently raised for Albemarle, Orange, and Spotsylvania Counties in Virginia. Snowfall amounts in these areas may reach 4-6 inches. 
  • Winter Weather Advisories have been extended northward and eastward to the Virginia Tidewater (Facebook) in the past hour.
  • A dusting to less than an inch is expected further towards the Washington, D.C. area. 

              Not quiet on the western front

8:00 AM EST 3/5/12  In the east, a fast-moving clipper is dropping an expanding area of unwelcome light to moderate snow on residents of the Ohio Valley and southern Mid-Atlantic in recovery from the tornado outbreak. 

East of the Rockies, Downsloping winds moving TO the east from the southern Rockies have increased fire risk in the Pandhandle area of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and northern Texas. 

In the southwest, the combination of an upper level low and a surface high has fueled High Wind Warnings to take effect on Tuesday from the southern Sierras to much of central and southern Nevada.  

The trajectory and speed of these winds up to 55 mph tomorrow will produce blowing dust and downed power lines for that region, including Las Vegas. Based on these conditions, it could be said this is one time where what happens in Vegas may not "stay in Vegas." (photo by Forecaster Aaron Salter, on a Leadership Team to the west, Dec 2011; Story by Forecast Advisor Foot)

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