Posted By Andrew Freiden
11:15 am Monday
With the activity yesterday and this morning, tomorrow's forecast has been lost in the shuffle.
We'll have yet ANOTHER wave of moisture coming our way. This one will be tomorrow morning through midday. Air will be cold enough to our North for some accumulating snow but for us, it'll be mainly rain.
BUT, as the rain tapers off enough cold air will arrive for a brief changeover to snow before it ends. I don't expect much accumulating snow tomorrow in Richmond, but just North and West of town looks a bit different. Here's a map with the current snow forecast, through tomorrow afternoon. You'll notice Henrico's west end is right on the line, with an outside chance at an inch of snow.
It's another borderline event for us, with cold air and moisture in short supply. DC is a different story. I put 2-4" there but that could easily be higher.
Be sure to catch Jim this evening for the latest. The NWS already has a winter storm watch up in C'ville and DC:
Again: mainly rain in RVA but could end as some snow.
Counties to our NORTH and WEST could get power outages + icy bridges and overpasses. the MAJOR impact from this storm will be on I-81 from Augusta to Winchester and Hagerstown. Travel in NW Va is not a good idea today. All of Virginia will be above freezing by tomorrow morning.
*we are back on TV from 9-10am on NBC12 with more weather information*
Storm impacts map for Sunday. Conditions will get progressively worse the farther west of I-95 you are. Winter storm warnings from the National Weather Service are in effect through 7am Monday for most counties west of RVA.
* Generally light icing is anticipated along and east of I-95 from a combination of early morning sleet followed by a transition to freezing rain, then rain by evening. Remember, travel conditions can rapidly deteriorate even with light amounts of ice. This area, the I-95 corridor, including RVA is under a Winter Weather Advisory through 7pm Sunday.
* Areas west of RVA under the Winter Storm Warnings can expect slightly colder temperatures, probably in the upper 20s much of the day. This will lead to very icy conditions throughout the central and western VA Piedmont.
* Areas generally north of a Charlottesville-Fredericksburg line, could see a few hours of snow and sleet before changing over to freezing rain during the afternoon, and 1-2" will be possible with as much as 3" over the northwestern part of the state.
Our NBC12 weather team will be monitoring this storm with updates here and on TV.
Winter Storm Watches and Winter Storm Warnings were issued this morning, and they will take effect tomorrow morning through Monday morning. Winter Weather Advisories will likely be issued later today as well.
There hasn't been much change in the forecast. Sleet, freezing rain and an icy snow is expected from metro RVA to the West and North. Areas East and Southeast of RVA should be primarily rain. Timing will be around sunrise, and as the day goes on, any frozen precipitation around Richmond should turn to a chilly rain in the afternoon. We should even get breaks in the snow/rain in the afternoon.
Areas West of I-95 could stay below freezing through the day, which would cause problems on the roads, even in the afternoon. Still, if you have to travel tomorrow, the afernoon should be much better than the morning.
Andrew and I will be on with the rest of our NBC12 crew from 6-8am, and again from 9-10am tomorrow.