Surprise Snow Hits Area : Delays / Closes Schools, Causes Accidents

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Photo by Tommy Stafford : Anywhere from a dusting to 1" of snow fell overnight Sunday as rain changed into snow. That prompted schools to delay opening on Monday along with numerous accidents across the area. Monday - January 9, 2023
Photo by Tommy Stafford : Anywhere from a dusting to 1″ of snow fell overnight Sunday as rain changed into snow. That prompted schools to delay opening or close on Monday along with numerous accidents across the area. Monday – January 9, 2023

Central Virginia Blue Ridge
Nelson County, Virginia

By Tommy Stafford

A bit of a surprise snow began falling Sunday evening around 6 PM in many areas close to the Blue Ridge and points east. Forecasts called for just a plain old cold rain, but just enough cold air worked in for the rain to change to snow.

Photo courtesy of Raven Rose : Highways like Tye Brook shown here in Nelson became snow covered quickly as the rain converted to snow Sunday night. Sunday – January 8, 2023

Nelson County Schools originally placed their schools on a 2 hours delay but around 8:30 Monday morning a message was posted on their website that schools would be closed. Screenshot – January 9, 2023

 

As temperatures rise above freezing through the morning and the rest of the day all of the snow and sleet is expected to melt quickly. Most of the coming week is seasonal with mild daytime temps and freezing temps in the upper 20s and lower 30s at night. Rain is back in the forecast by the end of the week.

Tommy

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