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Winter Storm arrives today; significant sleet and ice likely

Posted at 4:21 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 11:35:59-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A winter storm warning is in effect for most of Virginia from today through early Friday morning as an upper-level trough brings heavy precipitation into the region with a modified arctic air mass in place.

A combination of wintry precipitation will occur across the area, with heavy amounts of snow across far northern and northwest Virginia, and heavy sleet and freezing rain farther south. Numerous power outages are likely with this storm.

Localized flooding will also be a concern across far southern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

The wintry weather will be heaviest between 6 a.m. and noon today, with lighter amounts for the rest of the warning period.

All areas will return to dry weather Friday afternoon as the system pulls away.

Saturday and Sunday will be cold days with mostly sunny skies.

Another storm system will bring a rain and snow mix to the area on Monday, followed by a warming trend Tuesday through Thursday.

Stay with CBS 6, The Weather Authority.

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