Snow Will Be Slow to Melt

You can give thanks to the winter solstice for this.  Winter begins on Monday, Dec. 21st at 12:37pm.  That’s the time of year when the sun’s rays are at their lowest angle, and the time of year when we get the least amount of daylight.

That means melting of the snow due to the sun’s direct rays will be as low as it gets. 

Daytime highs and low well below average will also help to keep the snow around on shaded neighborhood streets, grassy surfaces and sledding hills for days to come!


18 Responses to Snow Will Be Slow to Melt

  1. Sherry says:

    Our 17 inches of snow in Boone in our yard is going nowhere. Our roads (not plowed) are still slick as glass. The yard is still covered deep and the sun was out all day yesterday with 41 degrees. Same today but with high of 45 degrees. Looks like we will have that white Christmas for sure.

  2. James says:

    just a quick note re: Winter Solstice. we have now turned the corner – i.e., daylight hours will start increasing and the # of days until spring are decreasing….

  3. Lou says:

    The natural snow machine is now kaput!

  4. Mike says:

    It hasn’t been that but maybe 15 – 20 years ago that we had snow on Veterans Day and it was here until after the first of the year.

  5. Larry says:

    Yeah, in 1996 schools were out for two weeks (we were one day away from having our exams canceled at LC Bird H.S., but alas, we went back and took our exams).

    It happened again in 2000. Both were January events I believe.

  6. Chris says:

    thanks for the updates. i have a feeling its going to be a long winter this year.

  7. Christina says:

    My daughter is trying to get home to Midlothian from Charlottesville via I 64. Is it safe for her to travel? According to VDOT website the I-64 is still bad near Charlottesville. Has anyone traveled that way in the past day or two?

  8. Matt says:

    There is actually some thick cloud cover over Short Pump! Keep the sun away to preserve this snow for Christmas!

  9. Matt says:

    Winter Solstice @ 12:37 P.M.!

  10. Matt says:

    I believe the snow will probably completely melt on the neighborhood roadways by Wednesday. Can anyone from the NBC12 team inform me on whether we will see a white Christmas? What is the latest on the Christmas Eve/Christmas Storm and will we see any wintry precipitation late Christmas Eve? Also, I noticed on that for the extended forecast for Richmond, snow is forecasted for Saturday, January 2nd. Can these long range predictions be taken seriously? Does the NBC12 Storm Team have any snow forecasted on the long range models?

    • nbc12weather says:

      Christmas Eve storm will hit more around early Christmas Day with rain, although a sleet mix will be possible early just to the north and west.
      Re the long-range models… they are often unreliable, unless certain features keep appearing in several succeeding model runs. The Jan 1-2 storm is one that has been showing up over a few of the latest runs, so may be worth a look.
      Jim D.

  11. nbc12weather says:

    This is pure recollection, but seems like the January ’96 snowstorm kept snow on the ground in varying amounts for at least 2 weeks.
    Side note – Sleet accumulations from big ice storms tend to last the longest since it’s solid ice and takes much longer to melt than snow.
    Jim D.

    • EricWG says:

      If I remember right, we got two storms back to back in 96′. We did have snow on the ground for over two weeks, I remember we were out of school for at least that long.

  12. Chris says:

    does anyone at nbc 12 have any idea what the longest period of time we have had at least 1 inch of snow on the ground after an event is over? just wondering.

  13. Mighty Dyckerson says:

    I just measured the circumference of the earth. It’s 1,577,762,208 inches.

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