RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)— Watch the winter weather accumulation with 8News from one of our weather cameras stationed at the Virginia War Memorial in downtown Richmond, where the area saw anywhere from a dusting of snow to about 2.5 inches.
StormTracker8 Meteorologist, David Williams said that due to this year’s La Niña weather pattern system, “For the winter of 2022, we can expect a similar year to last year, which saw below-average snowfall.”
Williams said that on an average year, Virginia can expect to see around 11 or 12 inches of snowfall, but that due to warm, dry weather push from the La Niña system, the past few years we haven’t seen much.
“Virginia has seen below-average snowfall for the past two years. In 2020-2021 we only received seven inches of snow and in 2019-2020 we only received an inch and a half of snow,” Williams said.
Top Winter Weather Stories
One month in and four winter storms down, Virginia has been through a lot so far in 2022. Here’s a compilation and look-back at some major snow stories 8News has reported on in the area.
Starting with the first major January winter storm, hundreds of travelers were left stranded overnight on I-95 in Virginia while the road was closed for hours. The storm also left hundreds of thousands of people without power for several days, while local power companies scrambled to restore power. Dominion Energy categorized the storm as one of the top five worst winter storms in their history, with over 390,000 customers losing power at some point.
Louisa County resident, Jacob Whaley went missing during the first snowstorm of 2022, after placing a 911 call, saying he was stranded in the weather. Whaley’s body was later found by members of a search party. Whaley died trying to find his way to shelter on foot.
Just days after the first winter storm, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency for the state, and mobilized the National Guard ahead of the next storm. This storm would be the last time Northam would deal with winter weather as governor, as the next instance of winter weather would be dealt with by Gov. Glenn Youngkin when he was inaugurated one day before the third storm hit Virginia.
Virginia State Police responded to 369 traffic crashes in the first 18 hours of the day Sunday of the third winter storm.
To round out the latest, by the time the fourth instance of winter weather touched down in Virginia Saturday, January 29, the Virginia Department of Transportation had spent half of their seasonal budget for snow storm expenses in Richmond.
StormTracker8 Meteorologist, Matt DiNardo has made a few future winter season snowfall predictions.
“I think it’s going to balance out as we get to February and March and go back to the mild trend and kind of get a little bit drier,” DiNardo said.
The 8News meteorologist team said they will continue to study weather phenomena and measurements- including the arctic poles and conditions across the world- to determine what we’ll see for the rest of the season.
Central Virginia Viewer Photos
With all of the intensity of January’s winter storms events, viewers from across Virginia sent 8News photos of their- not as newsworthy but definitely noteworthy- snow experiences.