RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Central Virginia is experiencing its next round of winter weather with snow falling since as early as 5 p.m. Thursday evening in some parts of the region. The snow and other precipitation is expected to thin out early Friday morning. 8News crews spread out across the region to provide updates on changing weather conditions.

Residents in the Richmond metropolitan area should expect to see a mix of snow and ice accumulation.

8News reporter Tyler Thrasher is in Ashland where it started snowing around 5:10 p.m. Snow is sticking to the grass, but did not immediately start sticking to the roads.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) started prepping their equipment and pretreating the roads on Wednesday. Crews will work 12-hour shifts in order to maintain the roadways. They urge drivers to stay off the road unless necessary.

The winter weather doesn’t stop after Friday morning. The second wave is expected to pass through Central Virginia Friday into Saturday, bringing substantial ice to the area.

Tyler checked in from Ashland again around 7:30 p.m. with an update on the snow. About an inch of snow had fallen after the few hours of snow fall.

Well northern parts of the Richmond region are seeing the most snowfall tonight, other areas have been reporting snowflakes as well.

Another check in at 8:20 p.m. showed the snow falling a little farther south in Richmond. Snow hadn’t started sticking to sidewalks and roads yet but accumulation was visible in the grass.