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Second snowfall of the week predicted to hit Charlottesville Thursday

Forecasters expect lighter snow yet still say weather could impact road conditions Thursday, Friday

A second wave of snow is expected to fall across Virginia from Thursday evening into the early morning hours on Friday despite more than a thousand Charlottesville residents remaining in the dark following Monday’s highly-disruptive winter storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, with one to three inches of snow forecast for the area and isolated higher amounts possible.

“The heaviest snow is expected Thursday mid to late evening when snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour are possible,” the advisory text reads.

Further north towards the Washington D.C. area, snow totals are expected to be slightly higher. In D.C., the Winter Weather Advisory warns of snowfall accumulations of two to four inches, with isolated higher amounts possible. 

Monday’s storm somewhat over performed expectations across much of the region, with heavy, wet snow downing trees and power lines across Charlottesville and Albemarle. 

In Charlottesville specifically, six to 10 inches of snow fell during the storm, resulting in more than 52,000 residents in Charlottesville and Albemarle County losing power and University January-term classes moving online on Monday and Tuesday. 

Further east, the snowfall stranded travelers on Interstate 95 for upwards of 24 hours after as many as six tractor trailers stalled on the roadway.

Currently, the National Weather Service forecasts a reasonable worst-case scenario — which it describes as having a 1-in-10 chance of occurring — as 4.5 inches in Charlottesville and 6.2 inches in Washington D.C.

Regardless of whether a “boom” scenario with more snowfall than expected occurs, the Thursday evening commute is likely to be impacted by the snowfall, with temperatures cold enough to allow the snow to stick on the pavement. The Friday morning commute could also be impacted, which could result in a disruption to J-Term classes.

Any changes to the University’s operating status will be posted on the @UVA_EM Twitter account and on the Academic Operations Status Board.


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