More rain, snow likely

Published 9:39 pm Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another storm is on its way to the area, but this one likely will include more rain than snow, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“There is a chance Friday afternoon — late morning and early afternoon — that it could be a mix at first,” said meteorologist Chris Wamsley. “Generally, it’s going to be developing to all rain in the afternoon.”

Wind speed will increase throughout the day Friday, rising to about 25 miles per hour with higher gusts Friday night.

“The rain may be heavy at times,” Wamsley said. “That goes into Saturday morning.”

About one to three inches of snow are expected to fall Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, more snow could come back into the mix, Wamsley said.

“Saturday afternoon, it may be cold enough at the back end for some snow to mix in,” Wamsley said, adding that possible accumulation of snow could equal one to two inches.

The greatest danger from this storm is possible flooding, Wamsley said. Because the ground is already heavily saturated from last week’s heavy snow melting, a flood watch is in effect for Suffolk and the surrounding area from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.

Dominion Virginia Power is preparing for the storm, according to a news release issued Thursday. Customers who lose power should call 1-888-667-3000 to report outages or downed power lines.