RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Central, Southern, and Western Virginia are under a Winter Storm Warning. The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 a.m Monday for most counties.
Widespread 5″-10″ of snow can be expected on Sunday with heavier amounts possible West of US-15 in the counties that border, North Carolina. Most of the Metro Richmond areas looks to be in for 3″-6″ of snow, although there could be pockets of higher amounts, especially further west. North of the Metro area can see the snow continuing to slide north, providing a dusting to two inches in the Fredericksburg area.
Due to this storm and the fact that it is the first “real” snow of the year, Sunday is a StormTracker8 Winter Weather Alert Day.
Through the afternoon the heaviest of the snow will be South of US-460 and west of I-95. East of I-95/I-85 we will have lighter snow and a better chance to see a mix of some sleet and maybe a little bit of freezing rain as the system exits before midnight.
This storm will have its most significant effects on us late in the afternoon and into the evening hours. By midnight and into Monday morning, you will see the snow start to slip to the south and there will be a switch to sleet and some mixed precipitation.
As far as accumulations are concerned, you really need to look at a map for this, but West of I-85 and South of US-460, I can see 5”-10” of snow. Towards the South Boston to Martinsville areas and into Northwestern, NC I can see 10”-15” of snow. North of US-460, up to say I-64, and along I-95, expect to see 3”-6” of snow (lightest on the eastern side) There will be a few pockets with higher amounts of snow in that band. North of say US-33 up to Tappahannock, to Fredericksburg, to Harrisonburg, more than an inch of snow will be a stretch for many of you.
By Monday afternoon we will see the skies starting to clear up. It will be cool Monday and Tuesday with highs around the middle 40s. As long as there is snow on the ground you can expect to see lows in the mid-20s. Later in the week, we will start to warm a little bit into the upper 40s.