Calm Before Winter Storm

Snow, Sleet, Ice and Wind
Cold and Dry Saturday
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 6:10 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2022 at 8:52 AM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Remaining dry and colder on this Saturday. Clouds increase ahead of a strengthening winter storm. This storm system will arrive by late morning to early afternoon Sunday!

Snow will fall heavily at first for a few hours. Perhaps at the rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour for a couple hours. The snow will turn to sleet and freezing rain by evening into the early overnight hours. This would put down a thin glaze of ice on top of the snow. Winds will also be gusty! 20 to 50 mph possible. The snow won’t be as sopping wet as the January 3rd snowstorm. However, there will be some power outages and hazardous travel.

Snow and sleet accumulations for Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson, Greene, Madison, western Orange and western Culpeper Counties will range from 4 to 7 inches at this time. 2 to 4 inches for Buckingham, Fluvanna and Louisa Counties. 6 to 10 inches for the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. Locally more over the Allegheny Mountains to the west. If the snow changes to sleet and freezing rain faster then we’ll be on the lower end of those totals which is looking more likely.

Precipitation is gone my Monday morning. Some melting Monday afternoon. Refreezing with icy areas Tuesday morning.

The next arctic cold front arrives Thursday.

Saturday: Increasing clouds and cold. Highs in the 30s.

Saturday night: Cold and dry. Lows 15 to 20 degrees.

Sunday: A dry start. Heavy snow in the afternoon will turn to sleet and freezing rain by evening and overnight. Temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Gusty winds.

Monday: Partly sunny and blustery. Highs in the 30s. Lows in the lower 20s with refreezing.

Tuesday: Icy areas in the morning. Sunshine with highs near 40. Lows lower 20s with refreezing.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs upper 40s. Lows lower 30s.

Thursday: Rain to snow shower in the morning. Highs upper 30s and blustery. Lows in the teens.

Friday: Cold and mostly sunny. Highs near 30.

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