STAUNTON — New reports are showing that the Shenandoah Valley will most likely be seeing some snow come Sunday.
The storm is still days away from impacting the East Coast, and although inch counts and what exactly will hit us still seems a bit fuzzy, there will be snow hitting Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro starting Sunday into Monday.
“Some of the energy that will factor into the Sunday to Monday storm in the east was still out over the northern Pacific off the coast of Washington and Oregon,” a release from AccuWeather said. “AccuWeather forecasters are examining different possibilities for the future track of the storm, and the scenarios range from a storm that hugs the East Coast to a storm that will track inland of the coast.”
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According to AccuWeather, there’s a 40% chance our area will see between 6 to 10 inches of snow Sunday. There’s a 24% chance of seeing 3 to 6 inches or 10 to 15 inches.
“Enough cold air is likely to be in place for an all or mostly snow event from near and west of Interstate 81 corridor in the Northeast states, while near and south and east of I-95, rain is likely to be the primary form of precipitation,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bill Deger said in a release.
Deger said there could be ice and rain in between snowfall. Snowfall rate in some places — like the central Appalachians — could see 1 to 3 inches an hour, AccuWeather said.
WHSV storm team said Sunday will bring snow, the question is how much? According to WHSV, if the storm tracks further west, there will be more moisture and heavier snow, making higher snowfall rates. If that’s how the storm tracks, the area could be seeing 1 to 2 feet of snow.
If the storm tracks more along the coast, there will still be impacts across the Blue Ridge, but shorter and lower snowfall, bringing around 6 inches of snow.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeremy Geiger said he didn’t have any inch counts as of Thursday morning, but should have a better idea Thursday evening into Friday afternoon.
“As of right now we’re expecting it’s looking like it’s going to be mainly snow,” he said.
The mix of snow, ice, freezing rain and rain might occur further east — over the Blue Ridge Mountains into Albemarle County, Geiger said.
For now, there’s still some uncertainty due to how far the weather event is out.
There’s also a storm in the North Atlantic that could prevent the incoming storm from the west from heading back out to sea.
This storm could also be bringing more ice and freezing rain from northern Georgia through Virginia starting Saturday night, AccuWeather said.
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A slight chance of showers after 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
A slight chance of rain showers, mixing with snow after midnight, then gradually ending. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. North wind 5 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. North wind 3 to 6 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. North wind around 6 mph.
A slight chance of snow showers between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Snow likely, mainly after 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Snow likely, mainly before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
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