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Spillover snow expected with east coast storm

By Brent Watts, bwatts@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jan 27 2014 07:52:08 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 12:48:03 PM EST

Winter Weather Advisories and Warnings have been issued in advance of what could be a major snow storm in places that typically don't see snow. 

Polar air will push south reaching the Gulf Coast states. At the same time, a storm will develop along the stalled front and ride north along it Tuesday and Wednesday impacting Georgia, South Carolina and eastern North Carolina along with the Tidewater of Virginia.

The eastern sections of the WDBJ7 viewing area may be impacted by the outer edge of the storm. However, we'll see a very sharp cut-off in the snow and no snow areas.

SNOWFALL FORECAST

The models are suggesting a major winter storm is possible over interior portions of the Carolinas, Georgia and the Tidewater of Virginia where more than 6" of snow is possible. 

Along the coastline, an icy mix may occur, cutting down on snowfall amounts but could lead to power outages and downed limbs.

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LOCAL IMPACT

Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte counties for accumulating snow starting mid afternoon Tuesday and lasting through early Wednesday morning. Accumulation may reach 1-3" in those areas as the storm clips the area.

A coating to 3" is possible from South Boston east toward South Hill and a coating from Danville northward to Farmville. A few models also have some "spillover' snow along the Blue Ridge, but nothing more than flurries or light snow showers. 

A shift of even 50-100 miles would change how much our region is impacted by the southern storm.


HISTORIC SNOW?

It's been a very long time since the Carolinas have seen a big snow storm. While this week's event looks impressive, one of the largest in history for the deep south occurred February 9-10 1973. Nearly 2 feet of snow fell across the interior portions of South Carolina and Georgia.  

Columbia, South Carolina saw 16" of snow, with 24" in Rimini, South Carolina. Even Macon, Georgia picked up 19" of snow. Some of the heaviest snow fell in Sumter, South Carolina, where winds sent snow drifting up to five 5 feet in some areas.


If the storm materializes as expected, it would bring major implications to those driving along the I-95 corridor and headed to the coastal Carolinas and eastern shore of Virginia.