Colder weather, gusty winds in Tuesday's forecast; freezing rain likely tonight

Sarah J. Ketchum

You might not have to pull out a shovel this week, but there's a chance snow, sleet, and/or freezing rain could cause a messy commute in Hampton Roads.

Falling temperatures and light precipitation is expected Tuesday through Thursday, according to Lyle Alexander, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield.

Meteorologists were uncertain Monday about the likely impact of the system, but Alexander said it could bring anything from a sprinkling of rain to sleet or a light dusting of snow. However, he said, the amount of expected precipitation is minimal.

"It doesn't look like we're going to get much accumulation," he said.

Tuesday's forecast shows breezy conditions with wind gusts as high as 31 mph. Expect a high temperature of about 39 degrees Tuesday and a low of 30 overnight.

Freezing rain is likely Tuesday night and Wednesday. Sleet is possible Wednesday night.

The greatest impact will likely be during the Wednesday and Thursday morning commute, Alexander said, when temperatures could be below freezing in some areas. The forecast calls for high temperatures in the mid to high 30s Tuesday through Thursday with lows in the low 30s overnight.

Motorists should prepare for potentially slick roadways, he said.

"It could be a bit of a problem on Wednesday and Thursday morning if this materializes," Alexander said.

Looking ahead, temperatures are expected to warm later in the week. The forecast shows sunshine and highs in the 40s Friday. The weekend will likely be dry and warm into the low 50s by Sunday.

Pawlowski can be reached by phone at 757-247-7478.

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