WEATHER: A Drop Away From the Record Books

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 22, 2012

As of 10 PM, the total rainfall recorded at RIC has been 1.59″.  This comes up 0.01″ shy of the record for this date of 1.60″ set in 1984.  We are experiencing a lull in rainfall right now, and while more rain is heading this way from the southwest, it probably won’t get here and hit the rain gauge until after midnight.  The area of low pressure marking the center of this powerful late-season nor’easter is currently located about 75 miles off the coast of Bethany Beach Delaware.  A line of strong storms in the warm sector of this storm system is about 60 to 75 miles east of the Outer Banks and will remain off shore as the line moves north.  Strong northerly winds continue to draw colder air into Virginia, with temperatures now in the low to mid 40s across much of the area.  Heavy wet snow will continue to develop tonight through tomorrow across the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, where 4 to 8 inches of snow will be possible.  Totals of well over a foot will be possible farther north across interior Pennsylvania and New York.  Fully leaved trees will become top-heavy and many could succumb to the strong winds and weight, resulting in widespread power outages.  This system was just a much-needed rain maker for most of Virginia, but will be a headline in national news in the days to come for its damaging impact to our neighbors to the north.  Call ahead if you have business travels to the north or northeast this week.  Have a great night, and Stay With CBS 6, We’ll Keep You Ahead of the Storm.  -Zach
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