The videos you are seeing of snow not melting when a lighter is held to them? They are interesting but not a sign of an evil government conspiracy. Put the snow in a pot or in the microwave (or just wait) and it'll eventually melt.
The snow turning black? Just soot from the lighter. Hold it there long enough and the snow will eventually melt.
The internet is a crazy place...
Post by Andrew Freiden
As I type this, we're getting closer and closer to snowfall starting. The morning runs of the computer models are in and we are still thinking a decent snow for Metro Richmond and confidence grows for a huge storm at the beach. (see snow forecast map below)
It looks like the first flakes should fall between 4 and 6pm but with minimal accumulation. There may be some light snow prior to that but not much. Later in the evening is when the accumulation should start. Expect a few hours of moderate snow falling between 8pm-2am.
We look closely at the TREND in the short term models as we get closer to the start of snow. The trend is see in the models is to hold the snow forecast steady or maybe even think about raising it slightly.
That said, with storms like this, there will likely be a tight gradient in snow totals, with western suburbs getting much less than the East. It's opposite of what we typically get around here. But with Arctic air firmly entrenched, there's no thought of rain or sleet with this. It's all snow, and no doubt about it.
Check this image: It shows a piece of data from a program we use called "Bufkit" which helps us visualize the forecasted vertical structure of the atmosphere. That black arrow means Snow and the blue dot is about as far from rain as it gets! As you can read: "Entire Sounding Below Freezing." That means it's ARCTIC cold and any snow will likely be fluffy and pile up quickly.
Good morning-- a quick early morning post regarding our snow map.
Not much change since Ros updated the map at 11pm. We think Metro RVA gets 2-4" but 5" is easily reachable (especially East of town). The computer models are trending HIGHER with the Richmond snow totals. Be prepared for major impact on roads this evenign.
Post By Andrew Freiden
As of now, I'm going 60% (and climbing) chance of snow tomorrow late afternoon/evening through early Wednesday AM. I haven't gotten specific with totals yet on TV. I will at noon. A dusting to 2” seems like a best bet now—as an impressive southern track storm could clip us with some snow as it flies by to our Southeast. Sadly, this is a low confidence forecast. It could completely miss us. This has a HIGH potential to be a complete miss.
Any snow would make roads bad for Tuesday's PM Rush and Wednesday's AM rush.
And even if it’s only 1 or 2 inches, it’ll be a HIGH IMPACT snow, like last Tuesday’s was. Roads will be cold and the snow won't melt on Wednesday, with a high in the 20s.
[BTW: The snow forecast is much higher toward Virginia Beach where they might get 6" of snow plus big winds Tomorrow evening and night]
Let's check the trends on the models, in which the short term NAM has showed a steady shift toward us with snow. Here's the overnight model run showing precipitation from 7-10pm. Not much there, right?
Now, let's check the SAME model but it's run through the computers 6 hours later. Keep in mind, all the gray/green would be snow since an arctic airmass will be in place.
This recent run tags Central Virginia (Richmond) with some liquid to work with from about sunset tomorrow through sunrise Wednesday. And this has been the general trend of all the models over the past 24 hours...
After schools finally open for business, we might be closing them again soon if the trends continue. I'll have the latest on TV and streaming online at noon.
The wind chill is supposed to tell us how cold it'll feel on exposed skin, when you factor in the blowing wind.
Many people misunderstand it, though. Although a blowing wind can cool you off, it can not cool you off to a temperature below the REAL temperature.
For instance, if you place a cup of water outside when it's 33° with a 40 mph wind...it will never dip below 32° and freeze, even if the Wind Chill Temperature is 13°. The glass of water WILL cool off quicker than when there's no wind but it won't freeze.
Food for thought on this cold morning,
Post by Andrew Freiden