VDOT is preparing for the possibility of a significant winter storm this weekend. Any story that we are â€œexpectingâ€ 40-50 inches of snow is incorrect. We are carefully watching the weather forecasts, as I’m sure most people in the area are, and are preparing our operational plans based on those forecasts. As we get closer to the weekend we’ll have a better idea of the timing of the storm, type of precipitation and likely accumulations and we will adjust those plans accordingly.
Update 4 February: Now we’re expecting 20-28 inches. Buckle up!
I’ve heard we’re supposed to get 2-4 inches tonight, and rumors say this weekend anywhere from 12 to 40 inches of snow in the Charlottesville area. 40!
Friday “could get ugly.“
If we get 40 inches of snow in Charlottesville, I don’t know what we’ll do, other than make Jay jealous.
@Jenna_WennaMJ has potential to be significant…don’t think we’ll see anything as severe as 2 ft. still definitely one tow atch! – Brantley
And …for those of you who are curious about the difference between a weather warning and a weather watch:
JimDuncan: @CBS19Weather what’s the difference b/t “warning” & “watch”? – “bread & milk” or “bread, milk, sterno & panic room”?
CBS19Weather: @JimDuncan warning means it’s occurring or is imminent…a watch means that we’re on the lookout…i like your definitions though! Brantley
Officials warn that today’s snowfall is only a precursor to this weekend’s predicted winter storm that could bring up to an inch or more of freezing rain or sleet plus five or more inches of snow. Other models are predicting more than 20 inches of snow in the weekend’s 36-hour period.
â€œIt’s a doozy,â€ said Jerry Stenger, University of Virginia climatologist. â€œThere’s a lot of water connected with it and, if it all comes down as snow, we’ll be measuring it in feet again.â€
I don’t want to alarm you, but between the snow on the ground, the snow tonight, and 2 feet of snow this weekend, WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE.