The Excitement Builds - Preliminary Special Weather Statements and Forecasts

Afternoon Special Weather Statement from 12/01/00

  • Good, general statement with appropriate degree of uncertainty
  • Evening Special Weather Statement from 12/01/00
  • Quite a significant increase in the confidence for an update shift
  • Use of term "snow likely overspreading the area"
  • Some mention of minimum snow amounts
  • Still a statement of uncertainty
  • Afternoon Public Forecast from 12/01/00
  • Use of likely chances for snow in many areas in 4th period
  • Forecast highs of 35 to 40 with snow likely, and no mention of mix
  • Evening Public Forecast from 12/01/00
  • Added term "Significant accumulation possible" to 4th period forecast on an update shift
  • Again, forecast highs of 35 to 40 with snow likely, and no mention of mix

  • Richmond Local Media was forecasting >6" of snow in the Richmond area
  • National Cable TV Weather Service Provider forecasted >12" of from around Raleigh, NC to just south of Richmond, VA

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    Evolution of NWS Wakefield, VA Winter Storm Watches/Warnings/Advisories
    Winter Storm Watch from Morning of December 2, 2000Winter Storm Watch/Warning from Afternoon of December 2, 2000Winter Storm Warning/Advisory from morning of December 3, 2000
    Yellow - Winter Storm Watch
    Orange - Winter Weather Advisory
    Red - Winter Storm Warning
     

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