Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Incoming snow prompts Winter Storm Watch in central in this weekend

Incoming snow prompts Winter Storm Watch in central in this weekend

"There is a winter weather advisory in effect along and south of (Interstate)-80 for Saturday", the weather service said in a statement.

Because the weekend is still days away, its too early to forecast snow amounts. With a short period of mix and rain, there will be areas that see up to 6 inches of snow. The better chance for scattered power outages will be in areas where we are expecting freezing rain to accumulate.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Alleghany, Caswell, Stokes, Surry, Rockingham, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. But as the sun sets, the rain will likely transition over to snow as temperatures fall below freezing, according to the weather service. If the storm shifts slightly and it remains 100% snow over Richmond, some totals in excess of 8 inches will be possible.

Snow should overspread the viewing area in the 7 to 11 a.m. time frame Saturday morning. The precipitation is expected to move in late Saturday after clouds roll in by afternoon. Most of the day will be dry but scattered showers will move in Saturday night. The heaviest snow will remain in Southern Ohio.

Shoveling and plowing operations are likely to be needed in preparation for the National Football League playoff game in Kansas City on Saturday afternoon. In a few pockets within this icy zone, there may be enough to weigh down trees and power lines, but the main concern will be for slippery roads and sidewalks. Closer to Cape May County, it's possible 2 to 4 inches could fall. The City's live snow treatment map shows street crews progress and snow removal resources. Lower amounts will show up in the far south.

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