WEATHER: Tracking our winter precipitation potential Saturday

Posted at 6:21 AM, Dec 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-28 07:13:28-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A storm system currently tracking through southeast Texas toward the Southeast U.S. will bring rain and snow into Virginia Saturday. Based on the current track, precipitation falling in western and northwest Virginia will be in the form of snow. However, there will be the potential for a mix of rain and snow in the pink area, a swath stretching through central Virginia, including the Richmond Metro. A dusting of snow is possible in the pink area on the map below, but any snowfall of less than an inch will melt Saturday as a result of temperatures above freezing.

This map below does not forecast amounts, but merely the types of precipitation possible and their locations.

459688_547326705297192_1158107715_oThe rain/snow mix should reach the Richmond Metro around 4-5 a.m. Saturday, with the most likely time of seeing that snow mix in the Metro continuing through 11 a.m. More snowfall is likely the farther north and west of Richmond you are. Any accumulations, though, will remain in the far western Piedmont and the mountains. The higher terrain should receive an inch to three inches of snowfall accumulation.

As for the rainfall, this will not be a heavy rain event, with central Virginia receiving up to a quarter-inch of rain. All precipitation will end in our area by 4 p.m., ending from west to east starting at Noon.

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