LIVE UPDATES: Tracking winter weather
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Winter weather is expected in Central Virginia Thursday and Friday. Please check this page for forecast updates, winter weather alerts and important links.
Fog is a problem east, southwest and south of Downtown Richmond in the Metro. Visibilities are being reduced at times to a quarter-mile. At CBS 6 and into Downtown Richmond, visibility is fine. Those of you with fog right now will be clearing by 9 a.m.
A downed power line on Staples Mill Road in the West End. Shelby Brown reports.
Check out snow totals across the region affected by this snowstorm: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc4.html
Did you hear thunder last night? It was legit! Thundersnow: http://wtvr.com/2013/01/18/thundersnow-thursday-night-in-central-virginia/
Click here for Friday snow closings and delays –> http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays
Raymond Hawkes has a traffic outlook for tomorrow. Also, CBS 6 will go on air early–starting at 4 a.m.! Join us!
And here is the 11pm look at secondary roads.
Here is your 11pm look at Richmond roads!
CBS 6 News at 11 p.m. has the latest on this winter weather.
Zach breaks down when the snow will stop — and how much has fallen.
Watch LIVE: http://wtvr.com/on-air/live-streaming/
Petersburg schools are also closed Friday!
Full list: http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays/
It’s getting pretty slick out there folks. Please be careful!
Virginia State Police say they have responded to 135 traffic crashes and 138 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Here’s a look at the snow coming down in Glen Allen around 9:30.
Richmond City, Hanover and Chesterfield County Schools are closed!
Full list: http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays/
Thanks to Nick out at Fort Lee for this nifty shot.
John out in Ruther Glen says he has about 1 1/2 inches of snow around 9:30.
Thanks to Jenn on Facebook for this snow total update.
2 1/2″ here in Cumberland. Rt 60 2 miles from Buckingham line
Remember, if you have a power outage, please report it by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP.
Weather wreaks havoc outside. Let’s see if Rams wreak havoc inside!
Here’s a photo we just recieved from Andrea in Ashland.
WEATHER UPDATE: It will be 34 degress at 11pm. Snow will taper around midnight. Temps will get down to 29 tonight. Careful out there! Full forecast here:
CHECK OUT CLOSINGS HERE: http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays/
Take a look at Shelby Brown – and one of our cameras — taking cover in the snow.
Our friends at WDBJ in Roanoke report that rain quickly changed to snow Thursday in western Virginia.
In fact, snow began falling steadily around 3 p.m. in the Roanoke vicinity.
This video shows snow accumulation built up on major highways, like Interstates 81, 77 and 64, which quickly became snow covered.
There were certainly some frightening moments for a man on the Chippenham Parkway today. He talks to Jon Burkett about what he heard in the moments before a tree fell on his vehicle.
Here’s another update on the interstates from Wayne Covil. Here’s a look at I-64 in Goochland.
Here’s a look from Louisa County. It’s starting to stick!
We also have a some closings already in for tomorrow. Click here for the CBS 6 Closings and Delays page. Make sure to bookmark it and check back often.
LIVE: Get the latest on this winter weather on CBS 6 News at 5 p.m.
Jon Burkett is LIVE in Louisa County. Shelby Brown is in Richmond.
Check out this video from Zach Daniel of the snow coming down in Charlottesville.
More CBS 6 SkyTracker cams: http://wtvr.com/weather/skytracker-cameras/
Jon Burkett is Louisa County where the snow is starting to fall.
City of Petersburg has crews, equipment on standby to clear the roads when the snow starts.
The snow closing and delay list is growing. Click here to see them all: http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays/
Carrie Rose sent back this video of sleet and rain falling in Richmond around 2:10 Thursday afternoon.
Zach Daniel just sent in this video on his way to work.
A tree has fallen across the Chippenham Parkway, blocking northbound traffic. This happened between Hull Street and Belmont. Jon Burkett is on scene and reports the left lane has reopened. The back backup is currently one half of a mile.
Pictures and more details here: http://wtvr.com/2013/01/17/tree-branch-down-chippenham-parkway/
Traveling to Southwest Virginia, or have friends/family there? The heavy snow is just about at go time there! The Storm Prediction Center (yes, the very same one that issues Tornado Watches) just issued a Mesoscale Discussion affecting parts of the southern Appalachians/Blue Ridge Mountains.
UPDATE: Snow looks like it won’t taper off in Richmond until between Midnight and 1 a.m.
Thursday Noon forecast video, discussion & snowfall map: http://wtvr.com/weather/forecast/
Joe St. George shows us it’s raining — not snowing — Thursday afternoon at the Virginia State Capitol. The snow is expected LATER today.
We just turned on the CBS6 HD live stream.
See Carrie Rose’s snow forecast here: http://wtvr.com/on-air/live-streaming/
Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond and Hanover schools have all cancelled after-school activities today.
Updated snow closing list –> http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays/
From Henrico school:
Please be advised that, due to the forecast of inclement weather, all after-school activities will be cancelled today, Thursday, January 17th. This includes the Bus Driver Job Fair and the Safety and Security Community Forum, which will be rescheduled for a later date.
We emphasize that no decision has been made, yet, concerning school on Friday.
Thanks for your support of Henrico County Public Schools.
Andy Jenks Director of Communications and Public Relations
In case you’re wondering…RIC has picked up about 2.75″ of rain since Monday! Steady stream of rain from the SW continues today…which will, of course, transition to snowfall starting mid-afternoon. It’ll all be snow by sunset. After dark, accumulation will begin in earnest with a good snowfall rate overcoming the above-freezing ground.
If you’re wondering when the winter weather arrive, check out these forecast graphics from the CBS 6 Storm Team.
Updated snow closing and delays (LINK: http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays/)
Albemarle Co Schools: Closed Today
Appomattox Area Health and Wellness Center: closing at 3 pm
Goochland Co. Schools: Closing 2 hours Early
Louisa Co. Schools: Closing at 1:00 PM
Open Door Christian School: Closing at 12:00 PM; Daycare closing at 3 PM
Orange Co. Schools: Closing 2 hours Early
Looking at forecast sounding data (i.e., looking at the air through with precipitation will fall to the ground), I think some sleet will mix in during the transition from rain to snow mid-day through early afternoon.
I just posted updated graphics for the hour-by-hour rain to snow forecast here: http://wtvr.com/2013/01/16/hour-by-hour-snowfall-forecast/
You still have half the day before the Winter Weather arrives in Richmond. Final preps you should do:
*De-icing (kitty litter or salt) agents ready for Friday morning.
*Windshield scraper & de-icer.
*Water, first aid kit, energy bars and blankets in your car.
*Snow shovel to clear snow from pathways.
*Hand and foot warming pads (the kind you squeeze to activate and slip into your gloves and boots).
*Battery-operated flameless candles & flashlights or glow-sticks.
*IF the power goes out, make sure you have plenty of non-perishable food in your house to feed the fam.
*Wipe your pet’s paws with a dry cloth after walks outdoors to make sure no de-icing chemicals are burning their sensitive pads.
Albemarle Co schools CLOSED today…Orange Co schools EARLY RELEASE by 2 hours: http://wtvr.com/weather/closings-and-delays/
From Meteorologist Carrie Rose…
WEATHER BRIEF: Yes, it’s raining and chilly this morning. Just like every other morning this work-week.
BUT a low pressure storm system tracking through the Deep South right now will track through the Carolinas this afternoon, putting us on the north side of that low and primed for rain changing to snow this afternoon and night as colder air invades.
Snowfall accumulation is expected for all of central Virginia.
Highest snowfall totals (6″+) in southwest Virginia.
Richmond Metro: 2″-4″ (most of you will be closer to 2″-3″)
Western VA: 3″-5″
Eastern and southeastern VA: 1″-3″
Tidewater of far SE VA: <1"
Need to make a Winter Weather kit right now? Watch Clip Part 2 for Carrie’s quick shopping trip on how to make your family’s kit, plus tips on keeping your pets safe Thursday night: http://on.wtvr.com/koH1V2C
Richmond Metro area will likely see snowfall accumulation ranging from two to four inches.
Nearly all of the Commonwealth is under a Winter Storm Warning through Thursday night.
Wondering when the snow will arrive? Check out these graphics from the CBS 6 Storm Team:
Greg McQuade talks to VDOT to see how prepared the state is for a winter event.
Here is our forecast for snow accumulation. This storm will be a bit difficult since the ground will be too warm for the snow to stick for the first few hours.
Cold Weather Overflow shelters will be open in the city on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. Details on the City of Richmond’s weather event warning: http://on.wtvr.com/8cnBAQJ
Here’s a look at some of the counties in our area under winter storm warnings, advisories or watches.