By Jim Duncan
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- The strong coastal storm will be southeast of Long Island, N.Y., this evening, with lingering wrap around snow and flurries likely over eastern Virginia through around midnight or a little after.
As expected, the track of the storm was just far enough to the east that there was a huge gradient of snow amounts between far eastern Virginia and Central Virginia. Totals within the metro area and west of Interstate 95 were from 2-3", with progressively higher amounts heading east and southeast.
Generally, Central Virginia saw 2-5", with some locally higher totals. Tidewater northward through coastal VA saw totals of 8-12".
Any lingering snow Sunday night should be generally light, but may add a half inch or so in spots close to metro Richmond, with more at coastal locales.
Sunshine, but windy and cold conditions will prevail Monday, followed by milder, then sharply warmer temperatures and dry weather as the week goes forward. A major, warmer pattern change is close at hand.
VDOT and snow removal contractors have succeeded in keeping the interstates clear throughout most of the Richmond area today, according to VDOT. Temperatures are expected to drop and as a result, interstate drivers may encounter icy conditions, particularly on bridges, overpasses and ramps.
Crews will continue to plow and treat these routes overnight to provide traction and melt any ice that may have formed. VDOT recommends drivers use caution, reduce their speed and leave at least a five second driving distance even when roads appear clear or have been treated.
Crews will focus their attention on clearing primary and secondary routes overnight and tomorrow. As of 3 p.m., primary routes throughout the 14-county Richmond District are in minor condition (road is clear except for isolated areas of snow, ice or slush) with the exception of a number of routes in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George and Nottoway counties.
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