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❄️Hour-by-hour look at snow potential for parts of Virginia Friday

Posted at 1:07 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 06:52:58-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A storm in the Mississippi River Valley will track to our south on Friday.

This storm will spread snow showers into southern Virginia late Thursday night into Friday morning.

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As temperatures warm above freezing, the snow showers may mix or change to rain showers during the day.

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The computer models are still at odds over the exact storm track. The crucial part will be when the system exits the Mid Atlantic coast. If it travels due east, precipitation will shut off pretty quickly Friday night, as shown in this computer model portrayal.

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If the system tracks to the northeast, and stays closer to southeastern Virginia, this would produce more precipitation across central and southeastern Virginia, mainly in the form of snow.

As of now, it looks like the storm will stay far enough south to just brush southern Virginia with some snow.

This one computer model shows the potential for a trace or more of snow. The best chance of seeing accumulations will be areas west of I-95 that are closer to the Virginia/North Carolina border. Winter weather alerts are in effect for southwestern Virginia.

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Since there is still some variability, here is the overall snowfall potential if the storm stays close enough and produces a few bursts of snow showers.

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Areas near I-64 have around a 30% chance of a coating to an inch. The greater likelihood would be a coating to half-inch if accumulation occurs.

Areas well south of I-64 and closer to Highway 58 have the potential to see an inch or more of snow.

Locations southwest of Richmond closer to the North Carolina border have the potential to see over two inches of snow.

Again, the exact storm track is not 100% certain, so we will refine the snowfall forecast on our weather page.

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