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Christmas week brings bad weather

Published 8:27pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

After a deluge of bad weather on Wednesday, the rest of the week is looking better.

A system that produced tornados in other parts of the country earlier in the week dumped several inches of rain on Suffolk throughout the day on Wednesday, including an uncommon winter thunderstorm. But worse weather didn’t appear.

“The slight threat (of tornados) that existed in Hampton Roads earlier today doesn’t appear to be materializing,” Bill Sammler, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, said Wednesday afternoon. “Whatever tornado threat existed earlier today looks like it’s going to stay south of the Virginia/North Carolina border.”

The same system also produced snow in other parts of the country, but Hampton Roads residents who wished for a white day-after-Christmas didn’t get any satisfaction.

On Wednesday morning, the weather service’s website listed a slight chance of snow on Saturday night for Suffolk, but any reference to the white stuff had disappeared by the afternoon.

“Right now, there’s no chance of snow later in the week,” Sammler said.

Instead, Saturday’s precipitation is expected to be nothing but rain, though not as heavy as Wednesday’s, Sammler said. Thursday and Friday will be sunny, with highs near 50, but Thursday will be very windy.

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