Snow predictions

The National Weather Service's snow forecast for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

If you're expecting to build an end-of-the-year snowman, you'll have to head west to get the right materials.

Snowball fights will not be breaking out in Hampton Roads.

Forecasting models have come more into agreement that the storm system expected to move off the coast on Sunday will be worse to our west.

The National Weather Service in its Friday morning briefing called for rain and wind for southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

Gale force winds of up to 40 mph are forecast along the coast and inside the lower Chesapeake Bay. There could be some minor flooding during high tide on Sunday and Monday. There also could be some beach erosion because of seas approaching 10 feet in height.

A total of around 1 inch of rain is forecast for the region beginning around midday Sunday and continuing overnight.

Weekend temperatures are expected to be in the mid 40s, with lows in the upper 30s.

To the west of us? That's an entirely different ball game.

The rain-snow battleground likely will be somewhere just west of Franklin, with snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches predicted for Emporia. As much as 6 inches could fall farther to the west.

The worst snow will fall in an area to the southwest of Petersburg, south into central North Carolina.

Lee Tolliver, 757-222-5844,


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