We have added the chance of snow in our forecast, but as always, it's not yet a guarantee. While we expect a shot of much colder air to move in sometime centered around Tuesday night and Wednesday, there's still a question of when and where the low will develop. It should be fairly warm Tuesday afternoon, which is usually why getting any measurable snow this time of year is very difficult. It's a forecast that is definitely worth watching, because there will be some changes along the way. Right now, it's too far out to determine if we'll get any accumulating snow.
I saw a few of our Facebook fans mention November 11, 1987 - when it did snow 4.5" - and it got me thinking...
Snow in Richmond goes back even earlier than that. The earliest snowfall (and we're talking about a trace) was October 10, 1979. Only 3 other times did Richmond see flakes in the air in October, all just a trace on the ground...
October 19, 1972
October 30, 1954
October 31, 1925
The earliest measurable snow is November 5, 1962 (0.9"). The most snow seen in November is November 6, 1953 (7.2")
So it's not unheard of for us to see flakes this early in the season, but it is tough for it to accumulate.
Oh, and by the way, it's still hurricane season for another 3 weeks.