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RICHMOND, Va. -- A winter storm watch is now in effect for most of Virginia ahead of the Friday and Saturday nor’easter. This watch will be converted to a winter storm warning sometime Thursday, with areas along the far southern and eastern edge converted to a winter weather advisory.

Snow will develop Friday morning and become heavy at times throughout the day.

Some sleet and freezing rain will mix into the region, mainly across far southeast Virginia, but even as far north and west as Richmond.

Most of the metro area will receive at least 8″ of total snow, with over a foot across northern and western sides of the metro. One to two feet of snow is likely across a wide swath of counties in central, western, and northern Virginia, with some locations receiving over two feet.

The snow will come to an end Saturday evening, with mostly sunny and cold conditions on Sunday.

Strong winds that accompany the nor’easter will lead to coastal flooding and the potential for widespread power outages.

Today is the day to prepare. We will have sunshine and temperatures above freezing. Make sure you and your family are ready (and don’t forget about your pets).