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Snow blankets the region

A rare winter storm has dumped nearly a foot of snow on the Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas, causing nightmares for drivers, but some fun for snow lovers.

As of Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service still had the entire area under a Winter Storm Warning, with total accumulations ranging anywhere from 6-12 inches, with higher amounts of 15 inches in some places.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reported Saturday afternoon that the snow continues to create hazardous driving conditions across the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Fredericksburg areas, and drivers are urged to stay off the roads.

Travel lanes are completely covered in snow along the eastern areas of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and with snow continuing to fall, accumulation levels are expected to grow throughout the afternoon. High winds are hampering visibility, and drifting snow is possible, especially in coastal areas, a VDOT release stated. 

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