We've been closely analyzing the latest model data in the weather center today and not many changes have taken place. We still look to be on track to see a significant amount of rain and a tiny amount of wet snow. Here's how it will all happen...
Rain picks up in intensity over the course of the afternoon and it could be quite heavy at times, especially through the early evening. Locally, some spots could pick up an additional one to two inches of rain. This will lead to some areas of standing water on roadways, so please use extra caution when driving, especially at night.
Later in the evening and into the early part of the nighttime hours, rain may begin mixing with some big, wet snowflakes. At this point, the temperatures will still be in the mid to upper 30s, meaning any snow that falls will melt on contact. We're still expecting no accumulation around Charlottesville, as the temperatures over the past few days have just been too warm. (Our temperatures this morning were in the 60s!) In some of the higher elevations, above 1500 feet, some slushy accumulation is a possibility primarily on the grassy areas. Even in the mountains, temperatures have just been a tad too warm to allow the roads to get very treacherous.
It's a classic case of timing gone wrong. During the time when we will have the heaviest precipitation over central Virginia, the temperatures are going to be too warm for snow. When the temperatures cool off enough to allow for all snow, the precipitation will be long gone. Of course, we invite you to always check out the latest Weather Authority forecast on our various forms of social media, like Facebook and Twitter - and get interactive with us!
I'll have the latest detailed weather graphics tonight at 5 on CBS19! I'll see you then...
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