Weather update: winter storm watch in effect, projections range from 3-7 inches, up to 11 inches

Published 3:22 pm Friday, December 7, 2018

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg on Friday has forecast new accumulation of 3 to 7 inches of snow possible for Sunday in Charlotte County, in addition to issuing a winter storm watch for the area. Probabilistic data from the NWS and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicate that snowfall totals in certain areas could range anywhere from 6-11 inches.

The NWS forecast snow to begin Sunday mainly after 7 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. “New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible,” the NWS report cited. 

Snow is expected to continue into Sunday night, mainly before 1 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible, the NWS cited.

Probabilistic snowfall data indicates that Charlotte Court House could receive between 6-10 inches, Drakes Branch could receive between 7-10 inches, Keysville could receive 6-11 inches and Phenix could receive 6-11 inches.

A hazardous weather outlook for the region, according to the NWS, reports that “the complex low pressure will cross the southeastern states Sunday then exit off the Carolina coast Monday as cold surface high pressure extends in from the north. At this time, there is increasing confidence of accumulating snow, especially west of I-95 and south of I-64 Sunday and Sunday night. Exact accumulations will depend of the track of the storm system, however everyone across inland Virginia and Northampton county North Carolina should pay attention to future forecasts of this storm system.”

Due to the storm’s progress, the weather report is subject to change. Stay with the Gazette for continued updates into the weekend.