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Via:  TimesDispatch.com

By Rex Springston

Photo Courtesy of: TOM KAPSIDELIS

Some freezing rain is possible during tonight’s evening commute, and tomorrow could bring 1 to 4 inches of snow to the region, the National Weather Service says.

But that’s nothing compared to the plight of Northern Virginia, which got more than two feet of snow over the weekend and could get 12 to 16 inches more today and Wednesday.

“Be thankful you’re down here,“ said Wayne Albright, a weather service meteorologist in Wakefield.

The forecast calls for snow and sleet in the Richmond area today beginning in mid- to late afternoon. There could be a period of freezing rain before the precipitation turns entirely to rain tonight.

“I just worry that the rush hour may be a little tricky in some places,“ Albright said.

Wednesday’s snow should begin early in the morning and last to to midday or so. The region also could see wind gusts up to about 40 mph.

“Tomorrow is going to be more wintry,“ Albright said.

There could be 4 to 8 inches of snow in the Charlottesville area and 6 to 10 inches around Fredericksburg.

So far this season, 24.7 inches of snow have fallen at Richmond International Airport. That is the most snow since the region got 28.3 inches in 1995-96 and the fourth highest total in the past 30 years.

So far, this has been the region’s 16th snowiest winter. Records go back 113 years.

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