A look at the first snow of 2019

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UPDATE (Jan. 14):

This weekend's storm brought our area the first snow of 2019. It provided some challenges to forecast.

The original forecast was four to eight inches of snow for most in the Valley, but when it looked like a heavy band of snow was going to impact the area overnight Saturday, our First Alert Storm Team increased our forecasted totals to seven to twelve inches. Overnight, this heavy band of snow shifted east to D.C. and Northern Virginia, leaving us with the amount of snow originally forecasted.

Overall, the snow caused the worst road conditions Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Beyond that, interstates and primary roads were mostly clear and many have been able to get out and enjoy the snow. Check out the beautiful photos and videos we got from our viewers this weekend!

Crews with local cities and VDOT will continue the clearing process for secondary and neighborhood roads on Monday. With cold temperatures each day, Monday night into early Tuesday morning and Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning will have risks of black ice from re-freezing.

Dry weather is on the way for the beginning of the week, but we're already busy keeping an eye on a system that looks like it may bring us winter weather next weekend. Stay tuned for updates on the WHSV weather app, which you can find on Android here or on iOS here.

You can submit photos and video to us through the WHSV Weather app or online at here.


The WHSV First Alert Storm Team is tracking a winter storm this weekend which will make travel treacherous this weekend.

SUNDAY: No melting will occur with temperatures staying in the 20s, and snow will accumulate easily in the cold. Scattered snow showers in the afternoon and evening. Flurries are expected after the evening hours. Hazardous travel, slick roads, down tree limbs possible. Snowfall totals between Saturday and Sunday will be widespread 5-8 inches with isolated areas seeing 10-12, mainly for the Blue Ridge.

TOTAL: This is the latest information as of Sunday 4:00 PM. Snow will lead to hazardous travel this weekend. Due to moisture off of the Carolinas and another low pressure system to cross the area. Total snowfall by the end of the event Sunday will be widespread 5-8 inches with isolated higher totals. For the Blue Ridge, 10-12 inches are possible.

IMPACT: While down tree limbs and some power outages are possible, slick roads and hazardous travel still remain the biggest threat. Because the snow will be drier and we won't see extremely strong wind speeds, power outages and down trees are not expected to be widespread. Little melting will occur on Monday with temperatures in the mid 30s, but there will be melting on Tuesday and Wednesday. All three days will see overnight lows in the 20s, which means the melting will refreeze. Be cautious traveling in the morning for the next few days as icy spots are likely.

MONDAY: Expect delays, closures, and hazardous travel Monday morning with icy roads. Use caution if you have to travel. Otherwise, Drier for the day with a mix of sun and clouds. Highs rising into the low 30s.

Information as we update this storm has been updated first on the WHSV weather app. This is available for free in your app store.


The WHSV First Alert Storm Team is forecasting snow for the weekend.

SETUP: An area of high pressure will be situated over New England this weekend. At the same time, an area of low pressure will approach the area from the south, moving along the east coast. Due to the position of the high pressure, cold air will be locked in place. This means that we will be dealing with snow this weekend.

OUR FORECAST: Snow showers will move in late Saturday morning, continuing through Sunday night. Likely any snow Saturday will be light, scattered flurries and some on and off snow showers.
The snow will be heaviest Sunday afternoon and evening. At this time, there is the potential for more than 2 inches, but less than 6 inches for most. Due to temperatures in the 20s, this will be a dry snow. Wind should not be an issue. The biggest impact will be hazardous travel on Saturday night through Monday morning. It's possible some locations near the Blue Ridge, and at elevations above 2,000' could see more than 6".

BOTTOM LINE: The system is still a few days away; therefore, it is difficult to pinpoint exact snowfall totals. However, confidence has increased that a snow storm will affect the region. Regardless of how much snow your area sees, roads will become slippery. With temperatures in the 20s, snow can turn to ice very quickly regardless of how the roads are treated.

If you do have weekend travel plans, make sure you have other options in case your travel plans are impacted by this weekend's winter system.

Stay tuned as the WHSV First Alert Storm Team tracks this storm. You can follow along on-air, online and on your WHSV Weather app.