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Coastal storm grazes the area with the coldest night since 2019

A front brings much colder conditions leading into the weekend
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 3:46 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 11:03 PM EST
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OVERNIGHT: Snow has been falling across the Southside this evening as the coastal storm grazes the region. Areas near Halifax and Charlotte counties as well as parts of Pittsylvania and Henry county may experience some light snow this evening between 8PM and Midnight. Any accumulation would be one 1 inch or so. VDOT cameras have been showing snow falling over South Boston covering the roads quickly. Use caution tonight!

The higher totals will be toward the Richmond and Tidewater areas which will be closest to the storm. We may also have some light snow accumulation in the highest elevations along the southern Blue Ridge Parkway toward the VA/NC border. The storm pulls away quickly after midnight with any snow shutting down.

Any accumulating snow Friday night will be across the Southside where a coating to 1" could...
Any accumulating snow Friday night will be across the Southside where a coating to 1" could fall if the storm tracks slightly west.(WDBJ7)

THE WEEKEND

If the storm happens to take a slight jog back to the northwest, areas across the Southside may get a Trace to 1″ or so of snow. Any precipitation would occur from late Friday evening to sunrise Saturday. Many locations may never see a single snowflake with the early weekend event.

Highs this weekend remain in the 30s.
Highs this weekend remain in the 30s.(WDBJ Weather)

MUCH COLDER WEATHER

Behind the coastal storm, it remains cold and breezy with highs only in the 20s and 30s for most areas over the weekend with lows in the 20s and teens. Very little melting will occur with anything that does melt refreezing at night.

Next week, a gradual warming trend early in the week will give us two days near average MON-TUE before another cold front and low pressure system arrives ushering in colder temperatures for the second half of the week.

As the system is moving in Tuesday, we will need to keep an eye on any merging or “phasing” of jet streams that would encourage wintry weather. At this time, models differ on the outcome with some keeping us dry, and others bringing rain and even some light snow Tuesday.

If models phase together we may have a rain event Tuesday that changes to snow as the cold air...
If models phase together we may have a rain event Tuesday that changes to snow as the cold air catches up. Stay tuned!(WDBJ7)