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Winter storm warning for Central Virginia

All of Central Virginia is under a winter storm warning until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, with moderate to heavy snowfall expected from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast.

Snow is fun for the kids, but parents won't enjoy the white-knuckle commute home in heavy snow
Snow is fun for the kids, but parents won't enjoy the white-knuckle commute home in heavy snow
Sandy Wallace
Kids in Central Virginia will enjoy a snow day on Tuesday
Sandy Wallace

The National Weather Service has issued the warning in advance of an Alberta clipper, which is moving southeast across the Ohio Valley.

The winter storm will bring Central Virginia's first major snowfall of the season with snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow predicted north of Route 460 and 2 to 4 inches of snow between Route 460 and Route 40.

A 6 to 12 hour period of snow is expected to begin late on Tuesday morning and continue into the late evening, causing hazardous road conditions.

Winds are projected from the north at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph during the day on Tuesday with high temperatures in the 20s. The wind chill index will drop into the single digits on Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service advises that travel will be hazardous, especially during the evening commute. In advance of the storm's approach, all school systems and most preschools in Central Virginia are closed for Tuesday.

Visit WSET.com for a listing of all school, business and government closings and delays in Central Virginia. After Monday's mild temperatures, it may take a while for the snow to stick to the roads.

Area grocery stores were packed on Monday afternoon and evening as shoppers picked up bread, eggs, milk and other essentials.

While the kids enjoy building snowmen and sledding, parents who don't have to work can stay warm indoors with hot chocolate or hot tea.

Some families enjoy making snow ice cream. Here's a recipe from Allrecipes.com to enjoy.

Snow Ice Cream

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk

When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency. Serve at once.

Kids will flock to local sledding hills for snowy weather fun. Parents who have to work will endure a white-knuckle commute on Tuesday evening.