Northern Virginia Weather: Snow threat follows cold weekend

Star-Ledger file

Star-Ledger file

A winter weather disturbance is moving through the area bringing the possibility of snow showers that could result in accumulations of 1-3 inches in St. Francois and counties.

Saturday and Sunday should be sunny, but chilly - highs will only reach the upper 20s and low 30s in most spots.

On Friday, the National Weather Service's Upton office said the entire region is under a winter weather advisory, including eastern Suffolk County, which had originally been placed under a winter storm warning.

Also, the snow will arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday.

"Vehicles must remain off the streets until the snow emergency has been lifted", they advised.

Across southern Missouri/northern Arkansas and over the southern Appalachians, 6 inches of snow will not be out of question. It notes that 20- to 30-knot winds, with gusts of up to 50 knots, are expected during that time, and that seas could run between 5 and 8 feet.

Total snowfall for the season to date in Newark, as of February 28, was 20.6 inches, or 2.4 inches below normal.

High winds take down trees, power lines
Consumers Energy reports that the "vast majority" of customers without power should have service restored by midnight Saturday. Wednesday evening, reeked havoc in the region, toppling trees and downing some 3,000 power lines, DTE said in a news release.

There are two chances for snow on Friday. After that, snow is possible through mid-morning.

A strong Northeast snowstorm is increasingly likely next week, following a stripe of weekend snow penetrating into the South and an initial round of snow from Winter Storm Reggie. Up to 2 inches of snow accumulation could fall, and the low will be around 32.

The system diving out of Northern Plains will bring a swath of snow across the Mid-Mississippi Valley to North Carolina through Sunday. Remember, roads will still be warm from the 60 degree weather, so snow is likely to melt on roads, unless it manages to get heavy for a while. Significant accumulations of snowfall will be possible during this time frame.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Thursday's forecast is for mostly sunny skies and a high near 56° with gusts of wind as high as 31 miles per hour.

The forecast Saturday night into Sunday is much of the same story and Hotz said he doesn't think there will be a drastic change until the latter part of next week.