NWS issues winter storm warning

Published 2:49 pm Friday, January 6, 2017

The National Weather Service’s Wakefield station has revised its weekend snowfall estimate for the Western Tidewater area upward, and now predicts between six and 10 inches with locally higher amounts up to one foot possible. Lesser amounts are also possible in areas where rain and sleet mix with snow.

The Wakefield station issued a winter storm warning for the cities of Franklin and Suffolk, as well as Isle of Wight and Southampton counties beginning 10 p.m. Friday evening and continuing to 10 p.m. Saturday. A winter storm warning indicates significant amounts of snow, sleet or ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible along the immediate coast, making travel very hazardous if not impossible.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s to lower 30s with wind speeds of 10 to 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 miles per hour along the coast. Overnight lows will likely be 10 degrees Saturday night and five degrees Sunday night.

Mixed precipitation or snow is expected to begin by midnight on Friday, which the Wakefield station predicts will turn into all snow late Friday night into Saturday afternoon before ending Saturday evening.