UPDATE AT 10AM: Snow invades Richmond | Weather






Article on the National Weather Service Sunday morning forecast in Wakefield. A winter storm watch is in effect for areas immediately north and west of central Richmond.


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10:30 am Update: Concerns about icy neighborhood roads tonight, tomorrow



The shift to snow has progressed across most of the Richmond Metro, with snow for the next few hours. Some heavier snow gusts will continue as the wind averages 10 to 20 mph.

The heaviest snow accumulated north and west of Richmond this morning, where a few inches have already fallen, and numerous power outages have occurred in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Albemarle counties. At 9:45 am, Dominion Energy reported approximately 100,000 customers.

Short-term forecast for the Richmond metro:

The snow continues until about 3 p.m. and the winds continue from the north at around 10 to 20 mph. Total wet slush accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in Richmond will be the most common, but 2 to 4 inches in areas north and west of central Richmond (Ashland, Short Pump, Midlothian). Temperatures in the lower 30s. An additional inch or two beyond these totals is likely in some locally heavier snow bands… particularly north and west of the immediate metropolitan area.

The sky clears up around dusk and an hour or two after sunset, temperatures will drop quickly to 20. Surfaces that had been wet and muddy will quickly become icy and more slippery. This will make snow and slush removal much more difficult later in the night and especially Tuesday morning as temperatures at dawn tomorrow will drop into the upper teenage years.

Update at 8 am: Snowfall has already occurred in suburban areas northwest of central Richmond. The roads are covered with melting snow and many surfaces are covered. The complete change to snow will occur in the Richmond metro as the morning progresses. So as not to get lost in the excitement, just over an inch of rain has fallen since midnight.

Rain mixing with sleet then changing to sleet and snow throughout the metro area as the morning progresses, finally changing to snow in the late morning. Gross northeast winds around 10-20 mph on average, but with higher gusts.

A few hours of snow continued late this morning and into the afternoon, with a few brief flurries of heavier snow at times. Wet sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in Richmond will be the most common, but 2 to 4 inches in areas north and west of central Richmond (Ashland, Short Pump, Midlothian). Temperatures in the lower 30s. An extra inch or two in some locally heavier bands of snow. All precipitation will be around 3 p.m.

Gusting northerly winds with snow will reduce visibility and the roads will continue to get wet, but not completely icy during the day, as temperatures will hold within 30 seconds.

An hour or two after sunset, temperatures will drop rapidly to 20, and surfaces that have been wet and slushy will quickly become icy and more slippery. This will make snow and slush removal much more difficult later in the night and especially Tuesday morning as temperatures at dawn tomorrow will drop into the upper teenage years.

This is last minute news. Check back for updates.

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