Thursday, December 23, 2010

NWS: Significant Storm Is Really Anomalous

Richmond Times Dispatch: 'Significant storm' still a possibility for holiday weekend

A Christmas weekend storm could drop 4 to 6 inches of snow — and perhaps even a foot or more — on the Richmond area, experts say.

"This is definitely a significant storm and is really anomalous for this time of year," said Mike Montefusco, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Richmond's heaviest snows usually fall in January and February.

While 4 to 6 inches appears likely this far out, it's possible the region could get more than a foot or as little as 2 to 3 inches, Montefusco said Wednesday.

The track of the storm is uncertain, and that makes the forecast tough this far in advance, he said.

The storm should begin Saturday afternoon or night and continue through much of Sunday.

"At this time, it looks like Christmas Day will be fine," Montefusco said.

See how the lunar eclipse may have contributed to this storm here.

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