Area receives more than 5 inches of snowPublished 12:48pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014
FRANKLIN—As advertised, it snowed in Western Tidewater, but the final tally was slightly off of what was projected.
Updated figures regarding snow accumulation according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield show that Franklin received 5.6 inches of snow, as of 4 a.m. Courtland received 4.5, and the figure was last updated at 6:50 a.m.
In Isle of Wight County, the Zuni area received 5.5 inches of snow accumulation, as of 4:40 a.m. Smithfield, as of 4 a.m., received 6 inches of snow.
Snow accumulation was projected to be 6-10 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield.
Jeff Orrock, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield, said the snow that did fall would remain for a few days.
“We don’t see a decent period above freezing until Friday afternoon, so we will be pretty cold,” he said. “Therefore, the snow will be hanging around for at least the rest of the work week, maybe longer.”
Today, the high will be in the 20s, and the low could get to 10 degrees. Snow fall, which was projected to begin Tuesday night around sunset, is expected to taper off around 6-7 a.m.
Orrock said it could get above freezing for a short period of time on Thursday, as high as 34, and the low would be in the teens.
By Friday afternoon, it is expected to get in the high 40s, and the low will be in the 20s. It will still be a little slick, so Orrock said to be careful on the roads.
He also said by the weekend temperatures could reach the 50s.
“The snow can mess that up a little, but that’s the hope,” Orrock said.
“The snow is going to stick, and it should be with us for a while.”
He said the snowfall is coming from a coastal storm.
“The cold air is already in place,” Orrock said. “And with the storm developing off the shores, it is moving along the coast and kicking moisture back into the cold air mass.”