Storm to bring mostly rain

Published 9:34 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Those hoping for a last hurrah of winter before spring sets in are likely to be disappointed this week.

About an inch of precipitation is expected to fall in eastern Virginia, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Montefusco, and much of it is likely to be rain. There could be some snow Wednesday night, but there will be “no significant accumulation” expected in Hampton Roads, he said.

The storm system is expected to dump more snow further west, with some areas of the state bracing for up to a foot or more of accumulation.

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The storm began moving into Suffolk on Tuesday afternoon, bringing scattered showers. Rain is expected to begin again Wednesday, turning into snow toward the evening hours and overnight, Montefusco said.

“The precipitation will be out of here by the time sunrise comes Thursday morning,” he said. “We do anticipate a period of very gusty winds and potentially significant coastal flooding potential. We are monitoring that.”

Gusts on Wednesday night could get as high as 33 miles per hour, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

A slight chance of snow also is predicted for Thursday morning.

“It will be a chilly day on Thursday,” Montefusco said.

Temperatures will begin to warm up for the weekend, however, with a high near 60 on Sunday.