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Wednesday system will cause wintry weather for parts of Virginia

Posted at 9:43 AM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 11:10:29-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A storm will impact our area Wednesday into Wednesday night. With the current track, parts of the Commonwealth will see significant snowfall.

Precipitation will move in Wednesday morning into midday.

For eastern and southeastern areas, this event will be rain. Chances for a wintry mix are on the low side.

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Closer to the metro, the majority of the system will be rain. However, it may start as a wintry mix before changing over to rain. There is also a chance, as colder air moves in Wednesday night, that the precipitation could end as some flakes or mix.

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Northwest of Richmond, there will likely be a longer period of wintry weather, including some sleet and freezing rain. As warmer air moves in during the day, we may see a complete changeover to rain.

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The far northwestern corner of the CBS 6 viewing area will see snow and a wintry mix. A change to rain is possible during the afternoon, but that is not a high chance.

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Due to the potential for freezing rain (and some sleet and snow), areas well west of I-95 will have to be monitored. Ice accumulation will be an issue with any prolonged periods of freezing rain. As a reminder, freezing rain fall as a liquid, but freezes on impact, creating an icy glaze.

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In terms of snowfall, the best chance of seeing decent accumulation will be areas from west of D.C. down into northwestern and far western Virginia. Extreme northwestern Virginia, from areas like Staunton and Harrisonburg up through Winchester, could see over a foot of snowfall.

Snow accumulation potential in the metro is low, but there will be a gradient of higher accumulations as you go northwestward.

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Here are some snapshots of the storm's progression:

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As the storm moves closer to the area, the forecast will be refined further. The latest forecast can be found here.

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