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Wintry mix for parts of Virginia Saturday

RICHMOND, Va. --  A storm system will spread precipitation across Virginia Saturday afternoon and evening.

  • It will be mainly rain across southern and eastern Virginia.  Rain may mix briefly with snow or sleet in the metro.
  • There will be a mix of snow and sleet north and west of Richmond, but that will change over to all rain.
  • Far northern and western Virginia will see snow and sleet, but may also experience a period of freezing rain.  A change over to plain rain is possible.

The warmer ground and air temperatures above freezing will limit any accumulations.  Areas well north and west of Richmond have the potential for a trace to under an inch of snow and sleet, mainly on grassy surfaces, before the switch to rain.  Far northern and western Virginia will have the best chance of a few inches of snow and sleet.

Here is one computer model's snowfall output:


There will be pockets of freezing rain, and the best chance of seeing a glaze from that will be near Interstate 81.   

A winter weather advisory is in effect for western and southwestern Virginia until late Saturday evening.

The duration of this event will not be very long, lasting only about eight hours.  We will dry out Saturday night and Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s.  Near-record highs are expected Tuesday and Wednesday.

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