SANDY UPDATE: Tuesday morning

Posted at 7:52 AM, Oct 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-31 06:56:39-04

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Sandy is no longer a tropical system, but remains a large and a destructive cyclone inland. In an unprecedented move, “tropical-style updates” are continuing to be issued on Post-Tropical Sandy by the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center instead of the National Hurricane Center. See the track on this map below, issued by HPC, which looks just like it came from the NHC instead. But at this time below, Sandy was no longer a tropical system. This choice was made to keep awareness high associated with a post-tropical system, keeping the name and continuing the cone track visual. The HPC always takes over continued impacts of past tropical systems when they move inland and are no longer tropical, but this is the first time cone-forecast tracks continued to be issued in this style as if Sandy were still a tropical system to track. CLICK HERE for more.

Sandy remains a significant storm for the Commonwealth, but the worst part of the storm is over. Here are some of the storm reports from our state.

Impacts for the Richmond Metro area the rest of Tuesday:

  • Wind Gusts 25 to 35 mph from the southwest. Sustained winds 15 to 25 mph from the southwest.
  • Wind Chills ranging from the 30s to lower 40s at best today.
  • Snow will mix with rain in central Virginia after sunrise through late morning, but will only stick for short periods of time as the snow melts quickly.
  • All precipitation gradually tapers off later this afternoon and evening, but we'll remain breezy and cloudy tonight.

The heaviest storm total snowfall amounts will be in West Virginia, where up to 2 to 3 feet is likely.

In western Virginia's higher terrain, snowfall accumulation of 6 inches to a foot is possible, mainly in higher elevations above 1500 feet. In central Virginia, snow that falls will melt quickly.

While Sandy has been a historic and highly unusual, morphing storm, it's still not unusual to have tropical activity this time of the season. In fact, we won't end the Atlantic Basin hurricane season until the end of November officially.

Sandy did form in a region still climatologically prone to tropical cyclones.

National Hurricane Center

This late in October, though, these cyclones tend to move away from the Northeast U.S. That makes Sandy's landfall in southern New Jersey a rare one.

Meteorologist Carrie Rose
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