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Significant snowfall will impact Virginia Friday and Saturday

Posted at 6:32 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 19:37:07-05

RICHMOND, Va. — A winter storm watch is now in effect for most of Virginia ahead of the Friday and Saturday nor’easter. This watch will be converted to a winter storm warning on Thursday, with areas along the far southern and eastern edge converted to a winter weather advisory.

A major winter storm will impact the area Friday and Saturday. The storm will spread snow into the area early Friday morning, with several inches of snow possible by early afternoon. The snow will change to rain across southeast Virginia, and even into metro-Richmond Friday afternoon into Friday night.

The precipitation type will switch back to snow late Friday night into Saturday as the system pulls away.

Snowfall totals will be impressive across northwest Virginia into parts of central Virginia, where over a foot is likely. Some areas across northwest Virginia could see more than 2 feet of snow. Even with a changeover to rain, the snowfall totals for the Richmond Metro Area will be significant.

Snowfall Forecast

Snowfall Forecast

Strong winds associated with this powerful nor’easter will likely result in power outages, as well as widespread coastal flooding.

Sunday and Monday will feature quiet weather with above-freezing temperatures, helping to melt some of the snow. Another system will move into the area next Tuesday, bringing a chance of rain to the area.

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