RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Children stayed home from school and offices remained closed on Monday as the first snowstorm of the new year landed in Central Virginia. 8News meteorologists predict snow amounts from 2″ to 7″ across the area with the largest accumulations west of Richmond. The Virginia Department of Transportation has asked drivers to stay at home today and avoid snow-covered roads as they clear the way for safer travel. At Richmond International Airport, flights have been canceled because of weather adding to previous cancelations that left travelers stranded as they tried to make it home following the holiday break.

SNOWY SCENES

A tree covers Cambridge Drive near Gayton Road in Henrico County
A tree covers Cambridge Drive near Gayton Road in Henrico County on Jan. 3, 2022 (Photo Kerri O’Brien)
Multiple cars slid off the road on Route 33 near Louisa
Multiple cars slid off the road on Route 33 near Louisa. (Photo Sabrina Shutters)
Old Bon Air Road in Chesterfield County
Old Bon Air Road in Chesterfield County on Jan. 3, 2022 (Photo Dixon Johnston)
  • Sledding in Brandermill
  • Sledding in Brandermill
  • Sledding in Brandermill
High waves today at Gwynn's Island across from Windmill Point
High waves today at Gwynn’s Island across from Windmill Point, near the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Rappahannock River. Jan. 3, 2022 (Photo Judy Arenstein)
  • A fallen tree blocks the road in Bumpass, Virginia, on Jan. 3, 2022
  • A fallen tree blocks the road in Bumpass, Virginia
  • A fallen tree blocks the road in Bumpass, Virginia
Kids enjoying the snow in Short Pump
Kids enjoying the snow in Short Pump. (Photo Kerri O’Brien)
A view of the snow from the Virginia War Memorial
A view of the snow from the Virginia War Memorial in downtown Richmond on Jan. 3, 2022. (Screengrab)
Snow at the Arboretum offce complex in Chesterfield County
Snow at the Arboretum offce complex in Chesterfield County, near the 8News office. (Photo Shane Moreland_
A look at the snow on Interstate 95 near Bellevue in Richmond's Northside
A look at the snow on Interstate 95 near Bellevue in Richmond’s Northside. (Photo Alex Thorson)
Snow covers Midlothian Turnpike
Snow covers Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Photo Autumn Childress)
Traffic backed up on Interstate 95
Traffic backed up on Interstate 95 in Chesterfield County around 11:30 a.m. due to a crash on Jan. 3, 2022. (Screengrab from VCOT camera)
Snow covers Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County
Snow covers Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Photo Autumn Childress)
Snow in the Richmond area on Jan. 3, 2022
Snow in the Richmond area on Jan. 3, 2022 (Photo John Bernier)