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Fast accumulation surprises Henrico

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – During the snow storm, NBC12 had a crew in Western Henrico, which was one of the hardest hit areas. 

We noticed a stark contrast in driving from the station in South Richmond to Henrico and back again. The snow in Short Pump came down faster and flakes were significantly larger. The accumulation caught many people off guard.

After a brief stop for coffee and cake Sunday night, the world according to Adis Libic looked completely different.

"A lot of snow for half an hour, look at it," he exclaimed. "Maybe an inch and a half or something."

Earlier in the night, we started an experiment to track that abrupt change our meteorologists predicted.

At about 6:45 p.m., there was barely enough accumulation to register on our yard stick on the grassy areas. Over on the pavement there was nothing to measure.

About an hour later, conditions changed drastically. On the grassy area there was about two inches of snow and on the pavement we measured just about an inch, which accumulated in only twenty minutes.

"We thought it would be a little bit of snow but nothing like this," Jeannette Pachelli told us.

Apparently, she wasn't the only one who was surprised. We spotted accident after accident on the roads, as drivers underestimated the quickly deteriorating conditions.

"The roads are getting slippery and it's piling up pretty quickly," she said.

But still with many in Henrico off from work and school Monday, they enjoyed the winter wonderland Mother Nature has spared us from until now.

"I've been waiting for this what, a few months," recalled Libic. "So we got it finally! I'm happy!"

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