Pre­cip­i­ta­tion mix meant less snow here than in other parts of the state

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - FRONT PAGE - John Boyer [email protected]­

The win­ter storm didn’t dump a whole lot of snow or ice on Rich­mond, but there was just enough of ei­ther to cause is­sues with travel and power.

It be­gan with snow on Satur­day af­ter­noon, then the Rich­mond area ex­pe­ri­enced a se­quence of sleet and freez­ing rain on Satur­day night, plain old rain and driz­zle on Sun­day, and more sleet and snow on Sun­day evening.

As ex­pected, the mix of pre­cip­i­ta­tion types meant less snow here than in other parts of the state.

The bull’s-eye of heav­i­est to­tals hit North­ern Vir­ginia. Many ar­eas from Washington to Winch­ester had up to 9 inches of snow at 6 p.m., with more fall­ing.

Look­ing south­ward, amounts tapered to 3 to 6 inches around Char­lottesville and Fred­er­icks­burg, and just 2 to 3 inches on the north side of the Rich­mond metro

area. The south­ern side saw about 1 inch. Satur­day night’s snow cover around Rich­mond and points south was di­min­ished by Sun­day’s rain and 33-de­gree high.

By 4 p.m., the au­to­mated gauge at Rich­mond In­ter­na­tional Air­port had 0.87 inches of liq­uid equiv­a­lent pre­cip­i­ta­tion for the en­tire event.

Given the de­gree of dif­fi­culty that comes from be­ing in the win­try mix zone, the fore­cast per­formed rea­son­ably well. Snow amounts came in on the low end of the range.

Even though ice mea­sure­ments were sparse, the freez­ing rain zone was ev­i­dent from the map of power out­ages on Sun­day: it was mostly an is­sue from South­side Vir­ginia to Rich­mond. Some ar­eas be­tween Lynch­burg and Danville had up to 0.3-inch of ice ac­cre­tion.

The lin­ger­ing clouds could pro­duce some flur­ries across the re­gion Mon­day, but with no ad­di­tional ac­cu­mu­la­tions.

Tem­per­a­tures will range from the up­per 20s in the morn­ing to the mid- to up­per 30s in the af­ter­noon.

Ex­pect a slow warm­ing trend this week.

Things will stay dry un­til Fri­day, when some rain show­ers could move in.

An­other sys­tem will bring plenty of pre­cip­i­ta­tion to Vir­ginia next week­end, but the snow po­ten­tial is highly un­cer­tain.

To il­lus­trate the point, com­puter model en­sem­bles showed an en­ve­lope of pos­si­bil­i­ties for Sun­day morn­ing rang­ing from 10 de­grees to 63 de­grees.

Even if that re­mote chance of warmth pans out, it would be fleet­ing. All signs point to a cold snap early next week.


Rich­mond res­i­dents Al Sim­mons and his wife, Mar­cia Dick­in­son, walked dog Jack as they braved a cold rain in Byrd Park on Sun­day. Sim­mons said he was out to avoid cabin fever in spite of the wet and cold weather.


Ice cov­ered a tree on Midlothian Turn­pike near Court­house Road in Ch­ester­field County on Sun­day. Lin­ger­ing clouds could pro­duce flur­ries across the re­gion Mon­day.

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