Major snow storm moves just north of our area

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jan 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-02 00:43:28-05

RICHMOND, Va. — The storm that is producing a major snowfall across the Great Lakes and northeastern United States will provide mainly rain for Virginia.  There was a little mixed sleet and snow across northern and northwestern Virginia Sunday evening.

Rain intensity across the region will rapidly increase for early Monday morning.  Rain will begin to taper off, west to east, Monday morning into Monday afternoon.  After a very mild morning, temperatures will fall during the afternoon.  Winds will gust between 30 and 40 mph for much of our viewing area, but a wind advisory is in effect for northern and western Virginia for gusts 40 to 55 mph.  The strongest gusts will occur in the higher elevations.

Rainfall amounts could exceed one-half inch in some areas:

Heavy snow fell Sunday near Chicago where over one foot accumulated, and additional lake-effect snow is expected Monday.  Snow will accumulate 10″ to 18″ from the Great Lakes into the Northeast.  This snow is falling on top of the major snowfall that occurred last week in the northeast.