StormTracker8: Major Winter storm Wednesday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The stage is set for a winter storm for us today and people in the Northeast will experience it on Thursday.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect WEST of US-522 down to South Boston and EAST of US-29.   West of US-29 a Winter Storm Warning is in effect.  That is where the worst of the weather is going to be.

Today’s event will unfold in several stages as this nor’easter develops and travels on a path too far to the west to really create problems in the metro area.  So, if you live east of I95, you locked in for a soaking rainfall. With temperatures in the 40s.

Starting mid-morning, the first light band of precipitation will move in.  East of US-522 to I-95, you will have a little wintry mix going to all rain in a hurry.  West of US-522 to the Blue Ridge Mountains a you will start off as Snow, then freezing rain, changing to rain from east to west.

By mid-afternoon, we will have a soaking rain ongoing for most areas east of US-15 & south of I-64.  By then the bulk of the snow and ice will be northwest of that (it will be tapering off south of I-64).

Early in the evening we will have storm tapering off south of US-460 with the heavier rainfall in the eastern half of the state and lingering snow until around 10pm for areas of Northwestern Virginia.

When it is all done and over with, the regions over the eastern half of the state that stay all rainfall will have seen another 1” to 1.5”.

To the west, where you have the mix going to rain, you could expect 1”-2” of slush as it gets going, much of which could melt away with the afternoon rain.

Over the Blue Ridge Mountain and the Valley, 3”-8” (higher areas) of snow will be possible with ice on top of that.  Once concern is that in the southern part of the state, towards Roanoke, there is some indication of what could be a significant ice potential from this system.

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