RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – After a steady stream of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico this week produced widespread beneficial (and drought-improving) rainfall, we capped the end of the event with a strong, cold low pressure storm system tracking through the Southeast U.S. producing accumulating snowfall.
Here’s how the precipitation (in liquid form) amounts to each day this week, including a record rain (and melted snowfall) for Thursday, January 17.
Snow totals played out the way we expected, ranging one to three inches in most of the Richmond Metro, with some higher totals around four inches, and some lower totals southeast of town.
Thanks to you, our viewers, we also received widespread confirmation of the higher totals west and southwest of Richmond in central Virginia.
The highest snowfall totals in the Commonwealth were well southwest of us, as expected, in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Here are some of the highest totals from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center:
MCCLURE 8 SE: 13.5" WILLIS 2 SE: 12.1" COEBURN 5 SSW: 12.0" NARROWS: 12.0" BLAND 5 W: 11.0" ELK CREEK: 11.0" HILLSVILLE: 10.5" HEBRON: 10.0" LEBANON: 10.0" DUBLIN: 9.0" MARION 2 ENE: 9.0" ROANOKE: 5.0"
This week's Drought Update does not factor in precipitation after Tuesday, so we'll have to wait until next Thursday for a more comprehensive look at the drought aid provided by four wet days. In the mean-time, though, here's the latest Drought Monitor:
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