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Forecast calls for wintry mix
County, city schools closed; Patrick sets delayed start
It may have been cold on Thursday, but this dove was oblivious to the temperature and the ice in a birdbath in a Martinsville yard. The bird’s tail feathers stayed just above the ice. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Friday, January 25, 2013
Up to an inch of snow and sleet is expected to fall across the area today, which could lead to slick roads, according to the National Weather Service.
As a result of the forecast, Henry County and Martinsville schools are closed today.
A release from Henry County school spokesman Melany Stowe said the closing also affects all after-school and evening activities at county schools.
Patrick County schools are scheduled to start on a two-hour delay this morning. Twelve month employees will report on regular schedule, according to school officials.
Robert Stonefield, a meteorologist at the Blacksburg weather service office, said precipitation may begin falling as early as 9 a.m. or 10 this morning.
“This is a quick-moving system,” and precipitation likely will not last more than 4-6 hours, Stonefield said.
But the ground is cold due to this week’s bone-chilling temperatures, so any precipitation that falls will stick to the ground as well as highways, he said.
Today’s high temperature is not expected to get above 28 degrees — four degrees below the freezing point. An overnight low temperature in the lower 20s is predicted.
Stonefield said the precipitation probably will be over before sunset. However, the forecast showed a little freezing drizzle could fall into the night.
Counties in northern North Carolina — including those on state line — were under a winter weather advisory Thursday night. Stonefield said they could get more precipitation than Martinsville and Henry and Patrick counties.
The weather is expected to improve Saturday, with sunny skies and a high temperature in the upper 30s, according to the weather service.
Meteorologists expect temperatures to gradually warm up, reaching about 60 degrees on Wednesday, although there is a chance of showers that day.