Even with government shutdown, Weather Service still on, so here’s Southside’s weekend forecast

The Southside won't see much precipitation this weekend according to the National Weather Service. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Pixabay)
The Southside won’t see much precipitation this weekend according to the National Weather Service. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Pixabay)

The Southside weekend weather is looking to be on the milder side with temperatures ranging from highs in the low to mid 40s and lows ranging from the low to mid 30s.

That’s according to a forecast from Jon McGee, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The Weather Service has been issuing warning for possible snowy weather coming to the mid-Atlantic region but the storm system should be skipping the Southside, McGee said.

The precipitation set to fall over the weekend will only amount to somewhere between a half and three-quarters of an inch with almost no warning of coastal flooding along the Oceanfront and Chesapeake Bay areas, McGee said.

For the Monday morning commute motorists can expect pretty dry conditions with temperatures ranging from the low 40s, if there is any possibility of sleet or even very wet snowflakes, it could take place early Monday morning but it is unlikely, McGee said.

The chance of any snow for the Southside this weekend is around 10-20 percent and the area is looking at a dry spell to carry it through the rest of next week.

The forecast come during the government shutdown, which means employees at the National Weather Service in Wakefield are currently working without pay.

“We are considered essential services so we’re required to come into work,” said Jeff Orrock, a meteorologist with NWS. “There’s no leave in the government shutdown and since this goes back to Christmas, a lot of people have had to cancel plans.”

But Orrock said the station in Wakefield is a tight-knit group of 19 employees who are supporting each other during this time.

The NWS maintains only essential forecasting operations during the shutdown. This means the observational systems running throughout the region are maintained even during a shutdown.

“We maintain the systems at the airports to tell you what the wind is, what the clouds are doing,” he said. “That’s critical information for air traffic.”

The NSW has had to stop non-essential work such as emergency training sessions and is solely focusing on the weather and observational systems.

At the moment, Orrock and other essential government employees have to go to work each day not knowing when the shutdown will end.

“We’re working with each other and dealing with it as best we can,” Orrock said.

Southside Daily’s sister publication, WYDaily, contributed to this report.

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