January 30, 2011 - Messy Monday/Tuesday - Wet Wednesday

By: Mallory Brooke
By: Mallory Brooke

While the main event will mostly be rain, areas of freezing drizzle will affect the Valley Monday & Tuesday. Read on in today's blog!

I apologize for the late blog update - was out walking the Blue Ridge Parkway this afternoon...that's right. Walking the parkway - because it's closed!

Back to business, a quick update as we start the work week. Areas of freezing drizzle will affect us throughout the day Monday, therefore slick spots are a real possibility as the Valley stays dammed. Overrunning will cause spotty areas of freezing drizzle through Tuesday, with heavier areas of light freezing rain possible late Tuesday morning. Minor accumulations are possible, especially along the higher elevations. The National Weather Service may issue Freezing Rain Advisories for Tuesday.

By the time the heaviest precipitation comes in early Wednesday morning through the daytime hours Wednesday, we may still be dammed. However, I think temperatures will be warm enough for an all rain event for us.

That being said, slick spots will persist from Monday through to Wednesday morning, especially in the higher elevations. There may be isolated ice amounts of .10"-.20" in higher elevation areas, and even some glazing in the Valley. This will be very scattered precipitation, so this is going to be a very tricky forecast for us. Assume that all wet spots on the road will be ice from Monday morning through Tuesday night.

Remember, computer models are HORRIBLE when it comes to when CAD will erode - and they usually erode it too fast. Therefore we need to be prepared for a little ice Wednesday morning before all does change to rain.

This is going to be a Midwest blizzard and a Mid-Atlantic ice storm - leaving us out of much of the frozen precip action. If you have any travel plans this week - expect delays!

Feel free to ask questions!

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