WEATHER: Monday mid-day snowfall update

Posted at 5:53 AM, Mar 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-05 13:29:37-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Snow moved into central Virginia this Monday morning as a fast-moving “clipper” storm system tracks through southern Virginia today. The track of this low will mean the best snowfall will occur this morning in southwest Virginia and through mid-day in the northern half of Virginia. In fact, the Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for parts of the northern Virginia until 3 p.m. Here’s the latest Warning and Advisory map:

Because the center of the clipper’s low pressure will track through southern Virginia’s counties today, better snow is expected to fall just to the north of that low. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. for the pink counties, including the City of Charlottesville, where four to eight inches of snow is already being reported from this morning in that warned region.  Here’s the updated snowfall accumulation map for today, based on this track shift north:

Air temperatures in the Richmond metro area and south have supported some snowfall sticking, but with most of this morning’s snow already melting, even off of the grass. Major roadways should remain wet and slushy today, as ground temperatures remain too mild. This will hinder some of our snowfall “sticking” potential this afternoon as final wet snow showers track southeast through our area.

All snow showers will end around 7 p.m. in Virginia, with clearing skies tonight. Much colder air will be pulled in behind this exiting clipper system tonight, with lows falling into the 20s Tuesday morning. Any snow or liquid that is still around by Midnight (when we’ll fall back below freezing) will likely freeze as black ice in spots Tuesday morning, especially on sidewalks, front steps, bridges, on/off ramps, and overpasses.

Stay with CBS 6, we’ll keep you ahead of the storm.

Meteorologist Carrie Rose

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