Posted by Andrew Freiden 10:20am 2/25/2015
Updated with video
Yesterday's light snow wasn't remarkable for its amounts but for what it LOOKED like.
I got tons of pictures via email and social media showing huge, perfectly formed snowflakes. Check out this one from Lizzie Castle in Dinwiddie:
When I saw this picture-- I thought it was a hoax and that someone was messing with me. But the pictures kept coming in!
Check ALL The images on this facebook thread! If you click on the word "Post" Below, it'll take you the facebook thread.
I believe you! T his actually happened!
So what happened? I'm not a snowflake expert, but here's my best guess:
Nature never seems to disappoint! I hope you enjoyed the beautiful snowflakes!
Posted By Meteorologist Matt Holiner 2/18/15, 5:40am
Updated 3:39am Thursday
Beginning tomorrow morning, we're in for the coldest stretch of days we've seen in a long time. We are currently forecasting a low of 8° tomorrow morning, 0° Friday morning, and 10° Saturday morning. If this occurs, we will set new records three days in a row.
High temperatures won't be much better. We're forecasting a high of 19° [TODAY]and 18° on Friday. It's been almost two decades since we've seen high temperatures this low and almost 50 years since we've had back to back days this cold.
Temperatures this cold can be dangerous unless precautions are taken. Hats, gloves, and extra layers will be necessary. Outdoor pets should be brought inside or given extra blankets. Ice and snow will still be on roads, so give yourself extra time to reach your destination. This is also the kind of cold that can burst pipes. To prevent this, turn your faucets to a slow drip tonight through Friday night.
Updated By Meteorologists Andrew Freiden and Matt Holiner
Before our newscast this morning, light sleet was coming down across Richmond. Since it changed back to snow, you probably won't be able to see any of these ice pellets...unless you watch this video!
Updated By Andrew Freiden and Matt Holiner
Light snow is falling across the area now, but for a few hours during the overnight hours, precipitation changed from snow to sleet and even a little freezing drizzle for folks in Richmond and areas south. These were very tiny ice pellets, so you probably won’t even be able to distinguish them in all the snow.
Where this sleet occurred, snow totals will be lower than in areas that saw all snow. However, this will make roads even more treacherous, as a coating of ice is hard to drive on and tougher for plows to clear.
The storm is in the process of winding down from west to east across the area. A little more light snow will add slightly to our totals, but we're almost at the end of it. All precipitation should clear the area by mid-morning
Please be aware that roads are snow covered, even on main roads where plows have been at work all night. Travel should be avoided through the morning hours. Perfect time to go out and play in the snow or stay warm inside with a cup of coffee!
Posted by Meteorologist Matt Holiner at 8:55pm
The wind is howling and the snow is coming down! Andrew provided us with a few reports on what he saw at his place. What does he do when he gets excited about a good forecast? Find out!
Posted By Meteorologist Matt Holiner, 2/12/15, 7:00pm
An arctic cold front cleared the area this afternoon, but this was just the start. The graphic below shows the coldest temperatures recorded at Richmond International Airport so far this winter. Cold, but two more arctic fronts arriving over the next seven days will likely knock some of these temperatures out of the top five.
The next front will arrive in Central Virginia Saturday evening. On Sunday, we're currently forecasting a high temperature of only 26°. This would tie our coldest high temperature so far this winter and is just two degrees shy of the record low high of 24° set back in 1943. Sunday night, temperatures will tumble to 8°, just one degree shy of the record of 7° set all the way back in 1905.
But we're not done yet. ANOTHER arctic front will arrive next Wednesday morning and this one could be even colder than Saturday's. Highs Wednesday will only climb into the mid 20s and then Wednesday night, we're currently forecasting a low of 5°! That would break the record of 10° set back in 1979. Temperatures may not recover from this cold blast until next weekend.
To put things in perspective, our average high temperatures this time of year are in the low 50s while our average low temperatures are in the low 30s. This means temperatures are going to be more than 20 degrees below average at times...winter is far from over!
-Posted By Andrew Freiden, 11:53am 2/10/2015
It more of a Boston Ski Party than a Boston Tea Party in the Northeast as the snow keeps coming.
Here's the snow total from BEFORE Boston's most recent snow:
And the latest report from Logan Airport:
These are staggering numbers. Keep in mind, they've had 40" of snow since February started, and nearly 70" since January 26th!
They are making a run at the all time seasonal snow record of 88" in 1993-94. Only 11" to go--and there are two potential storms that could hit them hard in the coming days:
— Michael Ventrice (@MJVentrice) February 10, 2015
One Thursday Night and another one Sunday. These are associated with two arctic blasts that will make it impossible to remove the snow any time soon. Check out this before and after:
— Tim Ballisty (@IrishEagle) February 10, 2015
I think they are ready to declare independence from winter. Here in Richmond, we're still at only 0.3" of snow at the airport for the season.
Have a great day.
From Meteorologist Samantha Roberts:
One of my favorite things about the television business is that it affords me the luxury of watching the sun rise and set on most days. (Yes, sometimes there is a lengthy nap in between.)
If you were up early on this Saturday morning, we enjoyed a particularly beautiful sunrise. So much so that it caught the attention of many of you on social media.
You are so right, Trevor! This is a question we are often asked. (I'd say that makes us pretty lucky, huh? So many people in our area wondering, "Why are Virginia sunrises and sunsets so gorgeous, especially during the colder months?" Maybe it's because I'm a native Virginian but I do believe we live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. I'll stop gushing now.)
The seasons do have a lot to do with the appearance of the rising and setting sun. This time of the year, we are often brushed by cold, dry, and most importantly, CLEAN Canadian air masses. According to our friends at NOAA, that clean air is the "main ingredient" of a brilliant sunrise or sunset. Clean air provides more radiant color.
It's not just a matter of air masses. Clouds also help to enhance the appearance of the rising and setting sun. Clouds grab the sun's rays and reflect them toward the ground. (We had a nice deck of cloud cover moving over the area this morning. It helped.)
Lastly, one must consider the sun angle. (Andrew threw this idea in late this morning.) In the winter months, the sun hangs closer to the horizon. Therefore, sunrises and sunsets last a bit longer, giving you more time to enjoy the view.
So, what's all of the fuss about? It'd be cruel to tease you like this, if you're not a morning person. If you missed this morning's sunrise, here are a few pictures.
Added at 6:25 PM: Not to be left out, I received this shot via email this evening of the setting sun over the mighty Rappahannock in Morattico. Thanks to Sandy and Gale for sending this stunning shot.
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend.