Winter wallop? Snow forecast up in the air
So far, winter 2012 hasn't been much like winter at all, with temperatures more than three degrees above average and snowfall nearly 14 inches below average. That could all begin to change this weekend, as the season's first major winter storm heads this way, expected to hit Sunday and continue overnight into Monday. But don't panic just yet, says State Climatologist Jerry Stenger.
"Right now," says Stenger, "it looks like it's going to be too warm to support snowfall or accumulation until enough cold air has gotten into place. By that point, most of the water will have already come down as rain."
While Stenger says Charlottesville and the surrounding area won't likely see more than an inch or two, he notes that March is the month in which Charlottsville typically gets the most snow– meaning we may not out of the winter woods just yet.
"It could wind up being a big difference," he adds, if this storm shifts 20 or 30 miles one way or the other. "That's the danger of winter forecasting here in Central Virginia."
Whatever happens, we can rest assured it won't be anything like Romania.