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Weekend winter storm is coming a bit earlier than usual for Richmond. It's definitely not the earliest.

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If Sunday and Monday bring snow to Richmond — exactly how much is still to be determined — this will be the second winter in a row that didn’t make us wait very long to see accumulations.

Last winter, central Virginia’s first storm came on Dec. 8.

Snow in early December isn’t extraordinary, but it isn’t something we can routinely expect to see.

Before 2017, we hadn’t experienced a pre-Christmas snowstorm since 2010.

Early January is the average date for the first snowfall that exceeds 1 inch.

That’s because there are also those years like 2015 and 2012 when the first significant flakes didn’t hit until February.

Like anything relating to snow, that date usually varies a lot from place to place and year to year.

Some western and northern parts of the state already reported their first snowfall on Nov. 15, but central Virginia had rain with that system.

Here are the statistics for the first inch of snowfall at various sites around the state: the earliest appearance, the average date, and the longest it’s taken to arrive.

This is not to be confused with the first trace of snow, and it doesn’t include any snowfall of less than 1 inch.

Richmond (since 1897, according to National Weather Service records)

Earliest snowfall of 1 inch or more: Nov. 6, 1953

Average date of first snowfall of 1 inch or more: Jan. 4

Latest date for the first occurrence of a 1-inch snowfall: April 7, 2007

There also have been some winters that did not have any 1-inch snow events. That has also been the case in most of the following areas.

Ashland (since 1947)

Earliest: Nov. 11, 1987

Average: Dec. 30

Latest: March 1, 2009

Hopewell (since 1916)

Earliest: Nov. 7, 1953

Average: Jan. 9

Latest: March 9, 1969

Williamsburg (since 1951)

Earliest: Nov. 11, 1987

Average: Jan. 10

Latest: April 7, 2007

Emporia (since 1930)

Earliest: Nov. 6, 1953

Average: Jan. 5

Latest: Feb. 26, 1950

Farmville (since 1930)

Earliest: Nov. 6, 1953

Average: Jan. 2

Latest: March 16, 1999

Norfolk (since 1890)

Earliest: Nov. 29, 1891

Average: Jan. 11

Latest: March 9, 1932

Charlottesville (since 1892)

Earliest: Oct. 10, 1979

Average: Dec. 24

Latest: March 9, 1976

Dale Enterprise- Harrisonburg area (since 1892)

Earliest: Oct. 10, 1979

Average: Dec. 9

Latest: March 14, 2017

Winchester (since 1911)

Earliest: Oct. 24, 1917

Average: Dec. 23

Latest: April 13, 1973

Washington, D.C. (since 1884)

Earliest: Oct. 20, 1940

Average: Dec. 23

Latest: March 25, 2013

Lynchburg (since 1892)

Earliest: Oct. 30, 1925

Average: Dec. 31

Latest: April 4, 1992

Roanoke (since 1911)

Earliest: Oct. 27, 1957

Average: Dec. 24

Latest: March 22, 1981

Danville (since 1915)

Earliest: Nov. 17, 1972

Average: Jan. 15

Latest: April 5, 1992

Wytheville (since 1929)

Earliest: Oct. 23, 1937

Average: Dec. 24

Latest: April 5, 1992

Burke’s Garden, Tazewell (since 1895)

Earliest: Oct. 9, 1917

Average: Nov. 26

Latest: Jan. 21, 2016

Hot Springs (since 1892)

Earliest: Oct. 10, 1979

Average: Dec. 8

Latest: March 9, 1976

Wise (since 1954)

Earliest: Oct. 9, 2000

Average: Nov. 27

Latest: Jan. 20, 1995

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John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016. Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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John Boyer

John Boyer, the RTD's staff meteorologist

John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016 after covering severe weather on television in Tulsa, Okla.

As a native of the Roanoke area, the region’s heavy snowstorms started his fascination with Virginia’s changing weather.

Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2012.

Look for his stories in the RTD and on Richmond.com, along with videos and forecast updates for major weather events in our area.

Email him your story ideas and weather tips.

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