More snow in store later today; Winter Weather Advisory in effect at 1pm

A quick round of 1-2″ of snow will arrive later this afternoon, making for a complicated evening commute.

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Update #1 – January 25th, 9:35 PM

The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Weather Advisory.

Here’s a glance at some selected snow totals from around central and eastern Virginia:


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
907 PM EST FRI JAN 25 2013

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                   
                     SNOWFALL           OF 
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

VIRGINIA

...ACCOMACK COUNTY...
   WALLOPS ISLAND         2.0   830 PM  1/25  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   ACCOMAC                0.5   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...AMELIA COUNTY...
   AMELIA COURT HOUSE     0.5   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...BRUNSWICK COUNTY...
   LAWRENCEVILLE          2.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...CHARLES CITY COUNTY...
   CHARLES CITY           2.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...CHESTERFIELD COUNTY...
   MIDLOTHIAN             1.5   530 PM  1/25  PUBLIC                  
   2 S MIDLOTHIAN         1.5   615 PM  1/25  PUBLIC                  
   ENON                   1.5   610 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   MOSELEY                1.3   645 PM  1/25  PUBLIC                  
   WALTHALL               1.0   555 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   BON AIR                1.0   400 PM  1/25  PUBLIC                  
   2 SSE MIDLOTHIAN       1.0   433 PM  1/25  PUBLIC                  

...CITY OF CHESAPEAKE...
   FENTRESS               2.0   530 PM  1/25  VIA FACEBOOK            
   CHESAPEAKE             1.8   645 PM  1/25  ABOUT 2 N GREAT BRIDGE  

...CITY OF COLONIAL HEIGHTS...
   COLONIAL HEIGHTS       1.5   714 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            

...CITY OF EMPORIA...
   EMPORIA                2.5   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...CITY OF FRANKLIN...
   FRANKLIN               2.7   546 PM  1/25  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CITY OF HAMPTON...
   HAMPTON                2.0   619 PM  1/25  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CITY OF NORFOLK...
   NORFOLK                1.6   719 PM  1/25  VIA SNOW OBSERVER       

...CITY OF PORTSMOUTH...
   PORTSMOUTH             2.0   830 PM  1/25  STORM CHASER            

...CITY OF RICHMOND...
   RICHMOND               0.5   330 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...CITY OF SUFFOLK...
   2 S DRIVER             2.5   819 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   1 NNW ARMISTEAD FORE   2.0   730 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   SUFFOLK                1.5   500 PM  1/25  BROADCAST MEDIA         

...CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH...
   PRINCESS ANNE          1.8   830 PM  1/25  1.75 INCHES OF SNOW
   VIRGINIA BEACH         1.0   437 PM  1/25  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...CUMBERLAND COUNTY...
   CUMBERLAND             1.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...DINWIDDIE COUNTY...
   MCKENNEY               1.0   330 PM  1/25  AMATEUR RADIO           

...GOOCHLAND COUNTY...
   GOOCHLAND              1.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...GREENSVILLE COUNTY...
   PURDY                  3.0   716 PM  1/25  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...HANOVER COUNTY...
   ELMONT                 1.0   515 PM  1/25  PUBLIC                  

...HENRICO COUNTY...
   SANDSTON               1.5   556 PM  1/25  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   RICHMOND               1.4   656 PM  1/25  ASOS                    
   GLEN ALLEN             1.2   330 PM  1/25  PUBLIC                  

...ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY...
   WINDSOR                2.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        
   SMITHFIELD             2.0   651 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            

...JAMES CITY COUNTY...
   TOANO                  1.5   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...KING AND QUEEN COUNTY...
   KING AND QUEEN COURT   1.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...KING WILLIAM COUNTY...
   KING WILLIAM           1.5   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...LANCASTER COUNTY...
   LANCASTER              1.0   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...LUNENBURG COUNTY...
   VICTORIA               1.5   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...MECKLENBURG COUNTY...
   SOUTH HILL             2.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...NEW KENT COUNTY...
   NEW KENT               2.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY...
   HEATHSVILLE            1.0   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        
   REEDVILLE              0.5   419 PM  1/25  BROADCAST MEDIA         

...POWHATAN COUNTY...
   POWHATAN               1.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY...
   FARMVILLE              1.0   500 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY...
   1 SW RICHARD BLAND C   1.8   740 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   7 NE DISPUTANTA        1.8   555 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   PRINCE GEORGE          1.5   620 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   3 NW DISPUTANTA        1.3   422 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            

...RICHMOND COUNTY...
   WARSAW                 0.5   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY...
   COURTLAND              3.0   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        
   3 N SEDLEY             2.0   850 PM  1/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            

...SURRY COUNTY...
   CLAREMONT              1.5   600 PM  1/25  VIA FACEBOOK            

...SUSSEX COUNTY...
   1 W WAVERLY            2.5   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        
   WAKEFIELD              1.9   655 PM  1/25  NWS OFFICE              

...WESTMORELAND COUNTY...
   MONTROSS               0.5   700 PM  1/25  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS        

...YORK COUNTY...
   YORKTOWN               1.0   441 PM  1/25  BROADCAST MEDIA

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Original post



Twitter user rainpuddle13 captured this photo of snow along Dock Street yesterday.

Yes, we’re looking at another round of snow. This won’t be like last Friday’s snow; we’ve been cold enough over the last week that there’s no real worries about any melting with this system. A fast-moving low, called a clipper, is going to scoot through Virginia beginning later this morning; snow will spread out across the state beginning later this morning.

Here’s a look at what to expect around Richmond.

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How much?

Generally less than two inches over most of the area–and likely less than an inch.

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for this system; it will be in effect from 1:00 – 10:00 PM today.

How will this compare to last Friday’s snow?

Other than the fact that they both will produce snow, there’s not much in common between these two storms. Last Friday’s storm started out as rain and switched to snow as cold air moved in. Temperatures were very close to freezing, so the snow produced was of the heavy, wet, snowball-making variety. Today’s system won’t have any rain mixed in, and the snow today will be light and fluffy–and sadly, not at all good for fun things like snowmen and snowballs. It will be much easier to clean off your car, however.

When will the snow start?

Mid-afternoon looks like the best bet right now, somewhere around 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Since everything has been so cold this week, the snow will begin to stick virtually immediately. Roads will get slick quickly, too, so take it easy once it starts falling.

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Tag your snow pictures with #rvasnow!

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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