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Sunday snow will change to a mix and then rain

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 30, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. -- A winter storm will impact the state on Sunday.

Snow will turn steadier for mid and late morning.

As some warmer air moves in from the south, the snow will transition to a wintry mix of sleet (ice pellets) and freezing rain (falls as liquid rain and then freezes into ice after it hits the ground).

The wintry mix should push north of I-64 during the afternoon. As it continues to warm up, the precipitation will become just plain rain for the metro and points south.

The rain could make it up into northern Virginia, but it would be late in the day.

The precipitation will turn more scattered by Sunday night.

Far southern and southeastern Virginia will see the least amount of snow. Far northern and northwestern Virginia will stay snow or a mix.

Many areas in the metro will see 1 to 4 inches of snow, but there will be some higher totals west and northwest of downtown. Areas across far southern and southeastern VA should see minimal accumulations, a coating to 1 inch. Areas well north and northwest of Richmond will see in excess of 4 inches of snow, with some spots of 6 inches or more.

On top of the snow will be some sleet and freezing rain, creating an icy glaze. The best chance for this glaze will be west of I-95/south of I-64.
Once temperatures rise above freezing and we see plain rain, this will eat away at the snow accumulations.

Winter storm warnings are in effect for many areas, including Richmond. A winter weather advisory covers all other areas in eastern and southeastern Virginia.

Sleet and freezing rain will cause an icy glaze on top of the snow in some locations. The chances for this are higher for areas west of I-95 and south of I-64.

We will have some scattered rain and snow showers around on Monday, especially north of I-64. Any additional accumulations would be minor.

Check our weather page for the latest forecast.

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