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Snow Finally Coming to an End

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By: Meteorologists Sean Sublette and Lyndsay Tapases

Update 5:30 AM Monday

Some areas will wake up to a few light snow showers early this morning, but additional accumulation will be minimal, generally under an inch or two.

Although snow showers will continue throughout the mountains, the rest of the region will be generally just cloudy, chilly, and breezy, with highs in the 30s to low 40s. A few sprinkles or areas of drizzle possible later on.

Tonight is partly cloudy and cold with lows in the 20s. Tuesday remains mostly cloudy, breezy, and chilly with a passing sprinkle or flurry possible. Highs in the 40s. 

The remainder of the week is cool and breezy, especially through Thursday as temperatures remain below average with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. If you are looking for Spring weather, it looks like finally by Easter Sunday, we may be back to near 60 degrees. 

Update: 4:30 PM Sunday

We have upped snowfall accumulation forecast for the greater Lynchburg area. Expect 3-6" of snow through Lynchburg, Bedford, and into the Roanoke valley. There will be a very sharp and fast cutoff from snow totals going southward from Lynchburg, with much of Campbell only seeing 2-4" and areas along the Staunton River 1-3". Still expect most of the Southside to only pick up a coating, but no more than an inch, and mainly rain towards southeastern Halifax.

Update: 3:30 PM Sunday

Snow continues this afternoon, and many roadways have developed a slushy accumulation. Expect slick travel through most of the viewing area through this evening and tonight.

Southside areas still seeing rain should eventually change back over to a quick burst of snow (this includes Danville and areas west.. areas east of Danville may stay rain). 

This first slug of moisture moves out around dinner time for most spots, giving us a dry break for a few hours. Then, another quick burst of snow moves through from west to east between midnight and 5 AM. Total snow and sleet accumulations include final amounts through early Monday morning. 

Snow/sleet potential:

Alleghany Highlands, Rockbridge, northern Amherst, Nelson, and Botetourt: 3-6"

New River Valley: 3-6"

Greater Lynchburg area and Roanoke valley: 2-5"

Southside, including Danville & Martinsville: Coating, less than 1"

Far southeast Halifax Co and southern Charlotte Co: Mainly rain

Update: 1:00 PM Sunday

So far, areas back towards the New River Valley have picked up as much as 2" of snow in spots. The Lynchburg and Roanoke areas have seen around an inch (give or take) through about 1 PM. Much of the Southside has changed back over to rain after this morning's initial burst of snow.

Although there is not a whole lot of accumulation on roadways, it does not take much to make them slick. A few of our ABC-13 viewers have sent in photos of accidents on 29 south of Lynchburg. Road conditions are expected to deteriorate towards this evening, so please exercise caution as you travel today and tonight, as even those areas that have switched over to rain are expected to turn back over to snow towards this evening. Forecast total snowfall amounts are listed below.

Update: 10:30 AM Sunday

Across the area we are currently seeing a mix of snow and sleet, with rain for a few spots. Some roads may accumulate a quick dusting under heavier bursts of snow. 

All locations eventually change over to snow by later this afternoon and this evening, with the majority of the accumulation on the ground by daybreak Monday. For most of the viewing area, main roads and highways should be OK during the daytime hours as the majority of accumulation will stick to secondary roads as well as grassy and elevated surfaces. However, additional snowfall overnight may lead to more widespread slushy and slippery roads for early Monday. 

Update: 9 AM Sunday

Areas of rain mixed with sleet are moving through the New River Valley and Southside this morning, and will be moving into central Virginia through 11 AM. This rain and sleet mix will change over to snow from west to east throughout the day. Although temperatures are starting out in the upper 30s they will be falling throughout the afternoon.

All locations eventually change over to snow by tonight, with the majority of the accumulation on the ground by daybreak Monday. For most of the viewing area, roads should be OK during the daytime hours as the majority of accumulation will stick to grassy and elevated surfaces. However, additional snowfall overnight may lead to slushy and slippery roads for early Monday. 

Snow/sleet potential:

Alleghany Highlands, Rockbridge, northern Amherst, Nelson, and Botetourt: 3-6"

New River Valley, including Roanoke: 2-4"

Greater Lynchburg area: 1-3"

Southside, including Danville & Martinsville: Up to 1"

Far southeast Halifax Co and southern Charlotte Co: Mainly rain

Update: 6 PM Sunday

Our next substantial winter storm will impact the region Sunday into Monday.

Sunday morning is dry, so you should be able to get to most Palm Sunday services without any issues. A mix of rain, sleet, and snow will start to develop mid-late morning and into lunch time. Western counties can expect more sleet and snow at the onset, while more rain is possible at the beginning for the Lynchburg areas, and especially across the Southside.

All locations eventually change over to snow by Sunday night. with the majority of the accumulation on the ground by daybreak Monday. Lingering snow showers will be found through first thing Monday morning, mainly north and east of Lynchburg, before the snow tapers off. 

There will be substantial differences in snow on the ground from northwest (high) to southeast (almost none) when all the precipitation finishes by Monday midday.

This is March, so there is a higher sun angle in the sky, making it difficult to accumulate snow during the daylight hours. Temperatures are in the lower 50s today, and will probably not fall much below freezing tonight. We expect temperatures most of tomorrow between about 30-34.

Greater Lynchburg (including Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell): Mixed precipitation breaking out Sunday morning… primarily sleet and snow… even with a little rain.  Precipitation transitions to primarily snow into the evening, but cuts back in intensity and consistency. An inch or so of slushy accumulation on the ground by dusk, with 1-3″ total by daybreak Monday.  Although there will be snow showers and some drizzle on Monday, no further accumulation is expect during the daylight hours of Monday. Note that in the higher elevations of Amherst and Bedford Counties, the totals will be 2-4″.

Southside Virginia (including Counties of Charlotte, southern Franklin, Halifax, Henry, and Pittsylvania): Mixed precipitation breaks out Sunday morning… but mainly rain and sleet.  Some snow, but likely to melt on contact with paved surfaces.  Changeover to snow is late in the evening, and by then, most precipitation has either ended or shifted to the north. By dusk, up to an inch is possible in areas near the Staunton River, but very little at all on the ground in areas near the North Carolina state line. Daybreak accumulation on Monday generally less than one inch.

Greater Roanoke Valley (including Counties of Botetourt, northern Franklin, and Roanoke): A mix of sleet and snow developing in the morning, transitioning to all snow during the evening.  Again, consistency and intensity of precipitation dropping dramatically after dusk.  And occasional light snow will continue Monday morning.  Accumulation of 1-2″ by evening, with storm totals of 2-4″ by daybreak Monday.  Highest elevations may come away with six inches. No additional accumulation during Monday.

New River Valley: Snow and sleet developing in the morning, with the steadiest precipitation ending by dusk.  Occasional snow overnight into daybreak Monday. An inch or two by evening, with storm totals of 2-4″ by dawn Monday.  Flurries on Monday, but no additional accumulation.

North and West (including Counties of Alleghany, Bath, Nelson, and Rockbridge): Wintry mix of snow and sleet… with rain mixing in toward lower elevations of Nelson County. Transitioning to all snow and becoming less consistent Sunday night. Snow showers on Monday, but no further daytime accumulation.  Accumulation by sunset on Sunday of 1-3″, with storm total of 3-6″ by dawn Monday… but slightly lower amounts in lower elevations of Nelson County.  Winners will be the highest elevations of these counties, where 8″ is possible.

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