Posted by Phil Riggan – email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's the kind of weather that chills you to the core: snow, sleet, and freezing rain. A winter storm packed an icy punch across central Virginia. Many schools are closed for Friday, including all major area schools.
The First Warning Weather team got together to talk about today's snow storm, snow totals and what to expect from the weather the rest of the day. See the video at right.
Postmortem on Thursday's storm, according to Jim Duncan: Snow totals ranged from 1-3", with freezing rain transition occurring over much of the area effectively capping any additional accumulations.
Sunshine will return Friday, melting at least half of the snow cover with highs temperatures in the upper 30s, according to Jim.
The weekend will bring a close brush with a storm that will track east of the Outer Banks. The track of that storm will determine if we see more snow, but at this point it appears that it will probably stay far enough to the east to keep most moisture confined to the far eastern parts of Virginia. In that case, Richmond sees very little snow, and Tidewater down to Eastern North Carolina gets hit. We'll keep an eye on this though.
From 5 a.m. through 4 p.m. Thursday, Virginia State Police have responded to 3,597 calls for service. Of those, 1,524 have been for traffic crashes and 482 have been for disabled (stuck) vehicles. As of 4 p.m., there were still 115 active crashes being investigated by troopers.
In the Richmond Metro Area, Virginia State Police have responded to 747 calls for service. Of those, 353 have been for traffic crashes, and 92 disabled (stuck) vehicles. As of 4 p.m., there were still 24 active crashes being investigated by troopers.
The majority of the crashes involve property damage only. Only a few have involved drivers and passengers being injured, according to state police.