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NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch, Predicts Three To Five Inches

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch and predicts three to five inches will fall between Saturday afternoon and late Sunday. Not much has changed overnight, but the storm is closer and the watch went out at 3:30. “At this hour, we do have a storm watch issued for the metro area itself," Mike Montefusco at the National Weather Service says that watch extends North and West, includes the Piedmont and Northern Neck. “So far, snow accumulations we are expecting at this point are generally on the order of the three to five inches of snow across the metro area. The areas around Charlottesville, Louisa, Fluvanna, Cumberland County generally in the four to six inch range.” A Watch means the conditions are present, but the storm is not yet imminent, but he says they have increasing confidence that snow will begin Saturday afternoon late, and continue Sunday. Managers and Forecasters at the National Weather Service are working without pay, due to the shutdown, and say forecasts and warnings will continue as normal.