WEATHER: Light Snow for Northern VA Early Tuesday

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jan 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-05 19:12:14-05

One-third of meteorological winter has passed, and we still haven’t recorded a measurable snowfall in central Virginia.  That statistic likely won’t change tomorrow, but we might at least see a few flurries, with a light accumulation not too far north of us.  A clipper system located over the Northern Plains will quickly move southeast overnight, increasing lift across the region early Tuesday.

The strongest lift in Virginia will be across the far northern counties, where an accumulation of an inch or two of snow will be possible.  The timing of the snow during the AM rush will likely result in a major headache for D.C. commuters.  Farther south, expect only a few flurries, with decreasing clouds and plenty of sunshine by afternoon.

Arctic air will settle into the region by midweek, with highs only reaching the mid 20s on Thursday.  Our prospects for another system to develop and work with the cold air to bring us snow are next to none, at least with this particular outbreak.  I expect us to continue to see occasional bouts with the arctic air over the next two months, even into early March, so I think it’s just a matter of time before we see our first decent snow in central Virginia.  -Zach

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