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WEATHER: Soaking Rain for All Parts of the Commonwealth

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A powerful storm system currently over the Southern Plains will spread rainfall across the Mid-Atlantic region on Tuesday.  Enough cold air will be in place across the western part of the state to result in a light wintry mix of sleet, snow, and freezing rain.  Heavier icing is possible in the high elevation valleys along the West Virginia state line.  Below is the current winter weather outline, showing the winter weather advisory (light blue), winter storm warning (light pink), and ice storm warning (dark pink):

ZD Winter Warnings Roaming

The rain will begin in the Richmond metro area a little before noon, with rain continuing in the afternoon and through Tuesday night.  The rain should come to an end before sunrise on Wednesday.  Below is a series of snapshots showing the progression of the rain through the area:
Zach 3 day RPM 1

Zach 3 day RPM 2

Zach 3 day RPM 3

As you can tell from the images above, this storm system will bring widespread rainfall to the Commonwealth, with every part of the state receiving some measure of precipitation.  The 4-model average of the NAM, RPM, Euro, and GFS yields about 0.75″ to 1.25″ of rain for the majority of the state.  The graphic below indicates the RPM solution for rainfall through early Wednesday morning:

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