Rain, snow? Well, it’s still winter after all

There’s a chance of rain and sleet on the Southside between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday, then a chance of rain after 4 a.m., according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

Temperatures is expected to range from 34-35 degrees during that time, said Jeff Orrock, chief meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service.

“Folks should just check the conditions before heading out,” he said, adding the chance for precipitation is at 80 percent.

Daytime high is forecast at 51 degrees.

Typically, the National Weather Service Wakefield office sends out winter advisories if more than an inch of snow is expected or the weather could cause some travel issues, Orrock said.

In the Peninsula, Orrock said Williamsburg may be mostly getting snow after midnight Tuesday into the early morning hours Wednesday.

Orrock noted he doesn’t expect the snow and rain mix to accumulate and the Peninsula should expect less than an inch of snow between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. before turning into passing rain showers, totaling a half inch of rainfall.

Here’s a timeline for the Southside:

Wednesday night

Rain. Low around 46. Southeast wind 9 to 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Rain likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. High – 54.

Friday

A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. High — 49

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.