Sunday morning winter storm update

Posted at 1:32 PM, Dec 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-08 06:34:56-05

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — The much anticipated “wintry mix” is on it way and will arrive in the morning.

Scattered light precipitation will increase in intensity after about 7 or 8 a.m.  Temperatures will drop a few degrees after the precipitation begins.  It will start as a mix of snow and sleet with a light accumulation possible, especially north and west.

The mix will change to freezing rain for the Richmond metro area and along much of the I-85 and I-95 corridor.

A wintry mix will likely continue to the west and northwest until afternoon, with over 1″ of snow and sleet possible.  Far southeastern Virginia could see a brief mix when the precipitation starts, but should see mainly rain after that.

As warmer air tries to move in this afternoon, the Richmond metro area and points south will transition to plain non-freezing rain.  Areas to the north and west will hang onto freezing rain into the evening.  Precipitation intensity should turn lighter and more scattered late today.

In terms of ice accumulation, some patchy icing or a light glaze may occur in the metro, especially on sidewalks, side streets, bridges and overpasses.


Areas north and northwest of the metro should see a glaze of ice on untreated surfaces.  For locations well west of I-95, a quarter-inch of ice or more is possible by this evening.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect time-wise, beginning at 8 A.M.  The precipitation starts to break out over Metro RVA, likely as sleet mixed with rain to the south.

Temperatures will slowly warm back above 32° in the metro this afternoon, stay above freezing in southeast VA, and stay near or slightly below freezing west.

All areas should see temperatures moderate a bit overnight.  More rain will be possible tonight into Monday.  We could see additional icing in the mountains through daybreak, but most other areas will have non-freezing rain.

Highs Monday will reach the mid 40s to lower 50s with some periods of rain.  We will see some additional rainfall on Tuesday, but as colder air rushes back into the area later in the day, there could be some light snow for the last couple of hours of precipitation.

After that, we should see dry weather for the middle and end of the work-week.  Another system could bring some showers by late Saturday.


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