Central and western Virginia have been placed under a winter weather advisory through 11 a.m. Friday. The combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain will create slick and icy spots on untreated surfaces. Temperatures will rise above freezing mid to late morning, ending the threat for icy conditions.
A winter storm warning is in effect for far southwestern Virginia (outside of our viewing area) for more significant snow and icing potential.
Precipitation will arrive in southside Virginia late Thursday night close to midnight, and should begin as a mix of sleet and snow roughly west of I-85. The mixed precipitation will reach the metro area in the pre-dawn hours Friday (starting 4-5AM), with light sleet and freezing rain possible before a changeover to all rain by early Friday morning (8AM). Areas north and particularly west of Richmond will have a chance to see a very light accumulation of sleet and snow, likely remaining less than an inch. The chance for an inch or two of snow and sleet will lie along and west of the HWY 29 corridor from Culpeper to Charlottesville to Lynchburg.
The rain will come to an end shortly after midnight late Friday night into early Saturday morning well before dawn. Rain totals look like they will range from about an inch to 1.5″ in central and eastern Virginia Friday.