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Snow Showers Depart, Changing to Rain for Some

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Update 1 p.m. Wednesday:

Late Wednesday afternoon snow showers will continue to taper off. We can expect little to no additional accumulation. A few areas may even see the snow showers change over to rain showers. Although the majority of roadways appear to be just wet, there are a few areas that have accumulated slush on the secondary roads. Be mindful that as temperatures fall below freezing Wednesday night, icy spots are possible. 

North to northwest winds continue to pick up, increasing to 10-25mph in Central and Southside Virginia, with 15-35mph winds from the Blue Ridge Parkway and areas to the west. The heavy wet snow and gusty winds have already caused power outages across parts of Nelson county.

Here are the general snowfall totals we saw across the region Wednesday:

Greater Lynchburg: 2-4"

Roanoke Valley: 2-4"

New River Valley: 2-4"

Southside Virginia: Trace-2"

Amherst County: 3-8" (highest amounts near the Blue Ridge)

Bedford County: 1-5" (lowest near Smith Mountain Lake, higher near Blue Ridge)

Nelson County: 5-12" (highest amounts near Wintergreen)

Those areas that saw snow will not see it stick around for long! Thursday is sunny and breezy with highs in the 40s, then Friday and the weekend turn milder with highs back into the 50s.

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Update 10:30 a.m. Wednesday:

This afternoon snow ends, possibly mixed with rain. Highs in the 30s to lower 40s.

North to northwest winds are picking up, increasing to 10-25mph in Central and Southside Virginia, with 15-35mph winds from the Blue Ridge Parkway and areas to the west.

The heavy wet snow and gusty winds will cause more power outages to occur, especially northern sections.

Snowfall totals Wednesday…

Greater Lynchburg: 2-4"

Roanoke Valley: 2-4"

New River Valley: 2-4"

Southside Virginia: Trace-2"

Amherst County: 3-8" (highest amounts near the Blue Ridge)

Bedford County: 1-5" (lowest near Smith Mountain Lake, higher near Blue Ridge)

Nelson County: 5-12" (highest amounts near Wintergreen)

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Update Snowfall Reports 7 a.m. Wednesday:

Vesuvius (Rockbridge Co) 11.5"

Clifton Forge City (Alleghany Co) 10"

Altavista 3"

Rustburg 0.5"

Bedford City 2"

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Update 5 a.m. Wednesday:

Snow continues to fall across the Heart of Virginia early on this morning. Snowfall amounts are adding up fast for places like Bath County, where Warm Springs has already recorded 8" of snow. Some other snowfall reports as of 5 AM include:

Fincastle 4.5"

Collierstown (Rockbridge Co) 4.0"

Covington 2"

Lynchburg 1.8"

Appomattox 1"

Christiansburg 1"

The snow is very heavy and wet, so it becomes compacted easily under its own weight. This means that the accumulations may look a little less than they actually are, as over time the snow compacts and a bit of melting takes place. If you wish to get an accurate snow measurement, we suggest taking a measurement every hour or so and then adding them up for a more precise total. 

Temperatures this morning have yet to fall below freezing for the Lynchburg or Roanoke areas. As a result, roadways are mainly just wet and slushy. Watch out for hydroplaning on the roads. For areas where heavier bursts of snow are found, the snow may begin to accumulate more on the roadways. Roads in the New River Valley may be a bit more slippery, as those spots have seen temps fall below freezing. 

The snow will continue through the morning and early afternoon, most consistent and heavy at times in areas north of Lynchburg and Roanoke, and much more sporadic in areas south of Lynchburg and Roanoke. All snow ends by dusk on this evening.

North to northwest winds will also be picking up during this afternoon, increasing to 10-25mph in Central and Southside Virginia, with 15-35mph winds from the Blue Ridge Parkway and areas to the west.

The snow that falls will be a heavy, wet snow, so there is a substantial risk for power outages from downed trees in the areas north and west of Lynchburg and Roanoke.

Snowfall on the ground by sunset Wednesday…

Greater Lynchburg: 2-4"

Roanoke Valley: 1-2"

New River Valley: 1-2"

Southside Virginia and Franklin County: Up to 1 inch

Amherst County: 3-7" (highest amounts near the Blue Ridge)

Bedford County: 1-5" (lowest near Smith Mountain Lake, higher near Blue Ridge)

Nelson County: 4-10" (highest amounts near Wintergreen)

Rockbridge County: 3-6"

Update: 4:00 p.m.:

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for areas north of Lynchburg and Roanoke. There is a Winter Weather Advisory for Lynchburg, Roanoke and the New River Valley.

The long awaited storm pushes into the state this evening. Rain overspreads the area this evening, with some periods of heavy rain through midnight. Heaviest rain will be found across Southside Virginia.

After midnight, the colder air begins to move into Heart of Virginia from the north, cutting back the intensity of the precipitation and changing it to over to snow. The snow will be most consistent in areas north of Lynchburg and Roanoke, and much more sporadic in areas south of Lynchburg and Roanoke. A small accumulation of snow is expected by daybreak in both Lynchburg and Roanoke, as well as all areas to the north.

Snowfall begins to increase through the morning and early afternoon, heaviest in points northward from Lynchburg and Roanoke, and then all snow ends by dusk on Wednesday.

North to northwest winds will also be picking up during Wednesday afternoon, increasing to 10-25mph in Central and Southside Virginia, with 15-35mph winds from the Blue Ridge Parkway and areas to the west. The snow that falls will be a heavy, wet snow, so there is a substantial risk for power outages from downed trees in the areas north and west of Lynchburg and Roanoke.

Snowfall on the ground by sunset Wednesday…

Greater Lynchburg: 2-4"

Roanoke Valley: 1-2"

New River Valley: 1-2"

Southside Virginia and Franklin County: Up to 1 inch

Amherst County: 3-7" (highest amounts near the Blue Ridge)

Bedford County: 1-5" (lowest near Smith Mountain Lake, higher near Blue Ridge)

Nelson County: 4-10" (highest amounts near Wintergreen)

Rockbridge County: 3-6"

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