Snow wallops Richmond, mostly misses NoVa

mapNWS map at 8:40 p.m.

[UPDATED: 9:30 p.m. 12/9]

The winter storm that dumped snow and ice on much of the Central and Southside Virginia brushed against the southern edge of Northern Virginia as well, leaving slippery streets and hazardous conditions in Prince William County, which announced that all PW County school will be closed Monday.

Prince William County’s unscheduled leave policy is in effect for Monday, December 10th, 2018. Unscheduled leave means that the county is open for business, but employees may take unscheduled leave after contacting

There was no indication that Fairfax County Public Schools would be closed.

The National Weather Service canceled its Winter Weather Advisory for Northern Virginia a 8:41 p.m., saying: “Snow has tapered off to flurries and no additional accumulation is expected this evening.”

Roads south of Manassas were taking the brunt of the storm, Prince William County officials said.

Richmond and most of central and southern Virginia are being hit by a fierce snowstorm today but Northern Virginia is likely to see only scattered snow flakes today and tonight, according to the latest forecasts.

Parts of Southside Virginia already had six inches of snow at midday and Richmond was expected to see one inch per hour through the afternoon. The storm is making travel difficult if not impossible in much of the state and many school districts are already announcing plans to cancel classes tomorrow.

The northern edge of the storm was reaching Fredericksburg and Harrisonburg shortly before 2  p.m. Heavier snow totals ranging 8 to 12 inches were expected for the areas around South Hill and Farmville and points west.

Snow will gradually mix with and turn to sleet and freezing rain along the Interstate 85 corridor during the afternoon, and Richmond should see the snow taper off and switch to the dread wintry mix around 6 p.m.

You can always find the latest Fairfax forecast here.

In a switch from the usual pattern, VDOT crews from Northern Virginia were helping their colleagues to the south:

Roads more treacherous at night

As the sun went down and snow continued to accumulate across the western, southern and central Virginia regions, the Virginia State Police pleaded with drivers to stay off the road and delay your travel until the highways are clear. As the temperatures drop, snow-covered roadways will become even more slick and treacherous. If you do have to travel, then please check VDOT’s 511 for the latest in road conditions.

Disabled/stuck vehicles have been the primary cause of significant delays on interstates, especially on Interstate 81 in Washington County, VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The snow was coming down faster than the VDOT crews could keep up with it at midday Sunday and the interstate became impassable. Several tractor-trailers slid off the highway and other vehicles became stuck. Virginia troopers have been working all afternoon to help clear the highways and keep traffic moving.
The majority of traffic crashes occurring Sunday have involved only damage to vehicles. No fatal traffic crashes have been reported.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 9), Virginia State Police are responding to:
Richmond Division:
31 Disabled Vehicles
68 Traffic Crashes
Culpeper Division:
3 Disabled Vehicles
11 Traffic Crashes
Appomattox Division:
23 Disabled Vehicles
14 Traffic Crashes
Wytheville Division:
13 Disabled Vehicles
6 Traffic Crashes
Chesapeake Division:
8 Disabled Vehicles
8 Traffic Crashes
Salem Division:
15 Disabled Vehicles
13 Traffic Crashes
Fairfax Division:
3 Disabled Vehicles
1 Traffic Crash



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