UPDATE: As of late Fri evening, very dry air -low dew points giving the snow a difficult time, but reports of flakes starting to fly south. Main event for RIC and this part of the state Saturday, with southside Virginia hitting the snow jackpot more than the rest of us.
This will be a memorable snowstorm for the southern half of Virginia. We all know by now that heavy snow will combine with very cold temperatures Saturday to produce totalsclose to or exceeding a foot over the southeastern part of the state…a rare event for sure.
For metro Richmond and surrounding counties, look for 8-10″ with up to a foot possible south of I-64, and lower amounts north of I-64. Points just 30 or so miles north of Richmond will see substantially less. Points south of metro Richmond, generally south of the Tri-Cities area, could see as much as 14″ .
Timing for the heaviest snow rates will be from about mid-morning through mid-afternoon Saturday, with rates of over an inch/hour likely.
Temperatures will be memorable as well, with daytime highs falling into the teens !
* Jim Duncan