SNOW OBSERVATIONS
 
WEST HENRICO CO. - GLEN ALLEN VA SNOWFALL FOR 2016-2017
WINTER'S TOTAL     6.6 inches
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Days with any measurable snow during the winter
Rating = Snowstorms must be greater than 1 inch of snow.
 1  Dec.  17  T  Event 1 Image   This Saturday weather event started around 0530 and had only a trace of sleet as it was mainly a glaze event. The total precipitation was only 0.01 inches and some areas had 0.02 inches. But the rain on the roads which had been cooled below the freezing point by the very cold weather of yesterday (Dec. 16th, 2016) made the rain freeze on contact giving a GLAZE. There were around 50 vehicles that had accidents in the Richmond and Glen Allen area because of the glaze.
 2   Jan.  6-7  6.5 Storm 1 Yes  There was a weak impulse of moisture that came in ahead of the storm and gave Glen Allen its first snow of the winter season as only light snow flurries. The main part of the storm started just after midnight and had a slow start, by 0300 Glen Allen had only 0.8 inches. The air was dry and cold with low dew point temperatures added to the slow start to a significant snowfall. All of the snowfall rates were less than one inch per hour except from 0600 to 0700 when 1.2 inches fell in a one hour period. This was a rare storm in the fact it was very cold and was all snow with no sleet or freezing rain. The roads were cold with the cloudy day before the storm and the street was white after only 0.3 inches of snow. The night following this storm had a low temperature of +2.5 the second lowest temperature ever recorded at the Glen Allen Station.
 3  Jan  29-30  0.1 Event 2 Yes  The snow rain mix started at a warm temperature and much of the snow melted. The main event in this snow event was the very heavy snow shower from 12:40 to 12:55. Even with much melting 0.1 inches of snow eaccumulated in this 15 minute period.
The snow was over around 1:35 PM.
Heavy snow shower
Snow accumulating while melting
3 Flakes just above the deck's surface
Snow on Mirror at 1:09AM
 4  Feb  16  T  Event 3  No  This was the lightest of snow flurries and lasted only 5 minutes between 11:05AM and 11:10 AM at a warm temperature for snow 40.4F. It was even more remarkable that the sun was out during part of this 5-minute period and was an event only a few observed.
 5  Mar  03  T  Event 4  No  This was again very light snow flurries and lasted only 3 minutes at the Glen Allen Station between 10:50AM and 10:53 AM at a warm temperature for snow 44.4F. It was a clear start to the day and clouds came in at 08:15AM and it was cloudy by 9:15AM and virga were observed around 10:30 over the local area and then scattered snow flurries. The one difference in this snow flurry than the February 16th snow flurry was many more people observed the snow flurries of today. Cold air aloft keep the flakes from melting until they landed on surfaces.
 6  Mar  14  T Event 5 Yes   Most of this storm for the Glen Allen and Richmond area was rain and freezing rain with some sleet and very little snow. Glen Allen had just a little over 0.1 inches of glaze but glaze isn't counted as snow so the 0.1 inches will not be added to our 6.6-inch winter total. The final forecast for the area was for rain just not freezing rain and on the morning of the 14th there were over 40,000 homes in the Richmond Petersburg area without power. But the area got off lucky as CT, PA and western NY had more than a foot of snow. See the following links for Snowfall amounts and more on how severe the storm was for New England.
Map of Snowfall Totals
NE Snowfall Totals
Ice on a budding Tree(Feb very warm)
Glen Allen's 0.1 inches of Ice and sleet
Pine bent over by the ice
Japanese Maple tree iced
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