The ingredients are holding together for snow lovers. Here are a few wrinkles in this upcoming storm that you may want to discuss in the comments section:
1. In Richmond and the Tri-Cities, this will likely start as rain or a very wet snow Friday evening. The changeover to all snow should happen some time overnight or Saturday morning. A slower changeover than expected could cut into snow totals in Richmond.
Western counties like Goochland that get all snow will get the biggest totals. New Kent and Charles City will see lower amounts.
2. This has the potential to be a mess on the roads. Rain at the start will bring wet roads, Then the snow to follow will cool the road bed enough to freeze up that water. So roads could end up icy with snow on top Saturday. A sub-freezing night and a cold day Sunday won’t allow for much melting.
3. Could be a big one just to our west, while we look on with envy. In Roanoke/Lynchburg/Blacksburg it could be a heavy snowstorm. 8-12″ + of snow out there looks like a good bet. *midday Thursday update: those high totals are looking likely just North and West of Richmond, and in Richmond could easily get 4-8″*
4. The timing of this will annoy area students and teachers: The first day of winter break for our first decent snow of the year? That means you don’t get to enjoy a day off classes on Monday. You’ll already be home!
*by Andrew Freiden