NWS: Williamsburg at slight risk for weekend winter storm

Staff Writer

As snow flurries fell in Williamsburg Wednesday, the National Weather Service prepared a report on what could be a significant winter storm.

The National Weather Service forecasts Greater Williamsburg to be at a slight risk for a winter storm that could wallop central Virginia.

“There is the potential for a significant winter storm spreading north across central Virginia Sunday and lasting into early Monday,” National Weather Service at Wakefield meteorologist-in-charge Jeff Orrock said in an email. “Potential snow accumulations across the southern Piedmont and south central Virginia could be enough to cause significant travel issues.”

National Weather Service at Wakefield continues to predict a brisk weekend with high temperatures in the high 30s or low 40s and low temperatures below freezing in Williamsburg, according to the medium range forecasts.

With chances for precipitation higher than 50 percent, the National Weather Service calls for rain or snow across a broad swath of the south from Virginia to Arkansas and Florida.

Richmond, for example, is at higher risk for the winter storm than Greater Williamsburg, according to the forecasts.

To be sure, the storm could still change paths. It could slow down or speed up.

“There is still a lot of uncertainty in the timing and track of the storm,” Orrock said.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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