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Weekend brings snow, frigid weather to region

Saturday - 1/26/2013, 8:08am  ET

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A winter storm is making its way across the Southeast, with the system expected to spread across northern Georgia and into the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the National Weather Service. (AP/Saul Young)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Much of Virginia is bracing for low temperatures and snowfall heading into the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Virginia into Friday evening and early Saturday.

Virginia Department of Transportation says crews are working around the clock to treat and clear state-maintained roads.

Virginia State Police say troopers responded to nearly 250 traffic crashes and about 175 disabled vehicles through Friday evening.

Media outlets report that the forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of snow in the Richmond metro area. Southside and southeastern Virginia could get 2 to 3 inches and snowfall totals are estimated in western and Southwest Virginia to be between 1 to 4 inches. The snow is expected to accumulate on all surfaces as temperatures remain below freezing.


Snow started falling just after 2 p.m. on Friday in the Washington, D.C. area, coating the city in a light dusting.

Even though no more snow is expected to fall, the temperatures will remain below freezing until Sunday, creating slippery and icy road conditions for local commuters.

ABC7 meteorologist Matt Alto reports that some areas surrounding the Beltway saw upwards of 2 inches in Friday's afternoon snow.

For information on Saturday closings and delays, visit WTOP's Closings and Delays page.

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