FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY for Wednesday. WATCH LIVE weather coverage all day here.
Central VA and RVA will see wet snow with generally 1 to 3" amounts possible, although higher totals could pile up to the north and west, and northeast where there are Winter Storm Warnings.
Here are the latest winter weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Note that Winter Storm Warnings have been extended southward from earlier to now include Louisa and Fluvanna. Snowfall forecasts have been increased by the NWS for these areas (up to 4" per NWS)
We think school schedules will be altered for many areas (delayed or closed) and the morning commute will be impacted. There are already several school closings announced. Check out NBC12.com for the latest closings as well as on TV on NBC12, where closings will scroll across bottom of screen.
Below is the High Resolution NOAA model forecast map for 8am:
[5:38am note: Still not much in the Richmond area, but we expect snow rates to increase through 8 or 9am]
Before Noon we should all see snow, possibly heavy at times before tapering during the afternoon. Here is the Noon map of the HRRR model. Note some rain mixing or changing back over from the south.
Here's a look at 5:30pm:
Below is our snowfall forecast map.
In the 1-3" zone, most of the accumulation will be on grassy surfaces with much less (maybe even just slushy) on the roads. Still, snow coated roads could spell trouble.
Beyond this storm, temperatures are expected to remain below average through at least the end of the work week. There could be slick spots during Thursday morning's commute.
And this might not be the only chance for snow this week - we're closely watching a storm system that COULD bring snow Saturday night and Sunday morning.
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