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RICHMOND (WRIC)—The ABC 8 News StormTracker weather team is keeping a close eye on an ice storm that will impact much of the Commonwealth today. Power outages will likely become an issue, along with hazardous road conditions.
We are waking up to temperatures at or above freezing for Richmond, Petersburg and points to the east and south, while our western and northwestern areas are in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees.
The precipitation from today's system is just moving in and we have light freezing drizzle and sleet at the present time in many areas. As expected, today will be a very wild day weather-wise with sleet, freezing rain and rain for many.
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The sleet and freezing rain will change to rain for areas along I-95 between noon at 6 p.m., with minimal icing of 1/10" to 1/4", so it should not cause many problems. In the Piedmont region of Virginia, sleet and freezing rain will be around through most of the day with a changeover to rain between 7 p.m. and midnight. This area could see 1/2" of sleet and then 1/4" to 1/2" of freezing rain coating power lines and trees.
The area of real concern is the Shenandoah Valley, where we could see 1" to 2" of sleet, then at least 1/2" of freezing rain. This area will not change to rain until tomorrow morning, between 2 and 6 a.m. This area will see significant power outages.
By Monday warmer air will move in as we climb into the 40s and we will have light rain showers. The ice will all melt from Monday morning through Monday afternoon. Another part of this weather system will give us a few rain or rain and snow showers on Tuesday as colder air filters back in.
Thankfully, the sunshine will return for the middle and end of the week.
Stay with ABC 8 News on air and online throughout this and other winter storms that will affect our area this season.
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