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    Snow's Next Destinations: Norfolk, Raleigh, Charlotte

    February 19, 2012; 3:35 PM ET
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    This could be the scene in places from eastern Kentucky to Virginia and North Carolina through this evening. Photo submitted by <a href="http://www.facebook.com/AccuWeather">AccuWeather.com Facebook fan</a> Knstntnpls S. on Saturday.

    Snow will continue to fall from eastern Kentucky and West Virginia to southern Virginia and North Carolina into tonight, whitening Richmond, Norfolk, Raleigh and Charlotte in the process.

    An invasion of cold air will cause the rain currently dampening southern Virginia and North Carolina to changeover to snow through this evening.

    The transition has already occurred across eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia, including in the city of Roanoke.

    The snow is already reaching Interstate 40 in North Carolina, home to Greensboro, and it will move onto Interstate 85 in Virginia by sunset. The snow will then spread to Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., this evening.

    Snowflakes have already been seen in Richmond, Va., but the heaviest snowfall will wait until the first part of tonight to fall.

    Between 1 and 3 inches of snow will whiten Virginia's capital, while a coating to an inch is expected in Raleigh and Charlotte. Between these cities along the border of North Carolina and Virginia is where 3 to 6 inches will pile up.

    For a larger version of this map, visit the AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center.

    Through early evening, accumulating snow will be confined to grassy and elevated surfaces. However, conditions will soon worsen for motorists after sunset.

    "During the late afternoon and nighttime hours, as temperatures drop slightly and the sun's effect is lost, look for roads to turn slushy and snow-covered," stated AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

    Even after the snow comes to an end, wet and slushy spots may turn icy overnight as temperatures plummet below freezing.

    Motorists are reminded that bridges and overpasses will be the first to turn slippery even if the temperature at your home is slightly above freezing.

    Dry air from an area of high pressure centered over the Great Lakes will hold its ground across the Northeast, preventing the snow from spreading north of Washington, D.C.

    The snow will graze the nation's capital later this afternoon and evening, but the ground will not turn white.

    The snow will fully depart the East Coast by daybreak Monday, giving way to abundant sunshine. Kids (and adults) who have Monday off for Presidents Day or due to lingering adverse road conditions will be able to finally get out and play in the snow.

    Owners of ski resorts in the Appalachians will also welcome the snow, especially with some people extending their weekend into Monday due to the holiday.

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