Christmas Eve Winter mix north and northwest of Richmond

Posted at 9:33 AM, Dec 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-24 12:38:37-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - As rain tracks northeast into central Virginia today, those of you northwest of Richmond are seeing a winter mix of precipitation. The farther north and west of Richmond you go, the better your chance at seeing snow. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for some parts of western Virginia, but as far east as Charlottesville and into Louisia County, as well as in Spotsylvania County, have seen the snow through mid-day, most of which is melting as it reaches the ground.

Confirmed reports of a snow/sleet mix came in this morning from Cumberland County, Sandy Hook, Goochland and Louisa Counties. I've seen the snow off and on most of the morning on our Charlottesville Skytracker Cameras. Sleet was also reported in Caroline County this morning.

The ground is wet, but I'm not getting icing reports unless you get into the mountains and valleys of western Virginia. There, icy spots are likely. Please be careful in the usual trouble spots on the roads (bridges, overpasses, ramps).

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This is the first of three storm systems to impact Virginia this week. A similar, but stronger, storm will arrive early Wednesday, overspreading another round of winter precipitation into the western Piedmont and mountains, as well as heavy rain into central and eastern Virginia. Watch the video below for a detailed look at that next storm system, its severe threat and expected rainfall, plus a preview of Storm #3 arriving Saturday.

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

Meteorologist Carrie Rose
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