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Shovels ready? Snow likely Friday and Saturday across Virginia.

(Melissa Le Fevre/WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - The first snowstorm of the season will move across Virginia on Friday and Saturday, and totals over 4” will be possible in Southside and central Virginia.

The snow will move up from the Carolinas with the first possible snowflakes falling across Southside as early as Friday morning. Widespread accumulations will be possible by Friday evening.

The two biggest questions: how much snow will accumulate and how far west and north will the snow track?

You could observe snow falling for many hours, yet it could be melting due to above freezing temperatures at the ground and high temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees. At first, the snow will accumulate on grassy, elevated surfaces.

But the snow will also help to cool the air, and the snow will be heavy enough to offset the warmer ground temperatures.

Slick spots on the roads will be possible later on this afternoon and especially into tonight.

The highest amounts will fall south and east of Lynchburg. A swath of 2” to 6” amounts will occur from Southside to the Farmville area to Richmond.

Lynchburg is forecast to receive 1" to 4" with 0.5" to 2" in the Roanoke area.

The snowfall amounts and locations can and likely will change depending on the track of the precipitation, so check back for updates. We're watching.

Travelling across Virginia on Saturday morning will be slick, especially in the Lynchburg, Danville, Farmville.

All local snow tapers off Saturday afternoon.

The snowfall amounts and locations can and likely will change depending on the track of the precipitation, so check back for updates. We're watching.

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