Winter storm is long gone. Looking back, some thoughts:
1. Warm nose of air aloft made huge northward reach Friday evening, changing most all areas south of Fredericksburg to rain or a mix. Rain/snow line therefore ended up so far north that the “extreme” snow totals making national news headlines were confined to the far northern/northwestern parts of the state.
2. Slush resulting from the snow-to-rain situation Friday, combined with the snow Saturday, made for “tricky” storm total counts. For the most part, the slushy snow (around 2-4″) didn’t melt a lot despite the heavy rain, so overall snow totals by the time it was all over Saturday averaged close to 8″ metro area (higher in some locales).
3. Wraparound snow impressive Saturday, hanging tough most of the day eastern VA, with very little just 30-40 miles to the west of RIC. Heavy snow for several hours Saturday ended abruptly by late afternoon all areas, as the coastal storm made a rapid move to the east. Often lighter snow and flurries will linger longer behind such storms, but when this one was done with us, that was it.
* Jim Duncan