Sandy made landfall last night across southern New Jersey with winds around 85 mph. Maximum wind gusts in the Richmond Metro were at their worst around 50 mph. Power outages in the Metro have remained less than 1000 by Dominion for most of this event. Other parts of Virginia were not so lucky. Ridge-top gusts to our west have ranged 50 to 70 mph. For example, Wintergreen, VA reported a gust to 65 mph at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. Dominion has reported thousands of customers in western Virginia without power overnight. Northern Virginia gusts have ranged 50 to 60 mph. For example, Purcellville, VA reported a 60 mph gust at 11:30 p.m. Monday. Power outages have been significant (more than 100,000 Dominion Customers without power) in Northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area.
Coastal flooding in Virginia will gradually subside today as the morphing storm (which is now a post-tropical system) moves north of us. Rain and snow will taper off for most of us by mid-day, with some lingering showers into this afternoon. Wind gusts Tuesday will remain in the 25-35 mph range from the Southwest.
As colder air wraps around this low pressure system this morning, we should see wet snowflakes mixed in with the remaining rainfall. However, because surface temperatures will be well above freezing (at 40-45 degrees), the snow will rapidly melt on the ground.
Storm total rainfall will range from 2-5 inches in the Richmond Metro, with higher amounts north and east. Areas well east of I-95 will see 4 to 6 inches of rainfall with isolated 9 inch amounts.
Even though we’ll have bursts of snow in central Virginia that melt quickly, much heavier snow is occuring in the mountains, especially across West Virginia, where 2 to 3 feet will be possible. A blizzard warning continues for the mountains of western Virginia, where multiple inches of snow may accumulate tonight into Tuesday for locations above 1500 feet in elevation.
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