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Snow to be light
Storm due Wednesday

Monday, March 4, 2013

Martinsville and Henry County could be in for some snow this week.

Winter storm Saturn will push into the area on Tuesday, causing rain to fall into the evening, said Nick Fillo, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.

The rain likely will switch to snow late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, however the window for such cold temperatures is only a few hours, according to Fillo.

“Any snow that does fall will melt pretty quickly,” said Fillo, adding that the area can expect 1?2 to 1 inch of snow. The snow will be heavy and wet, however accumulation is not expected to cause issues with trees or power lines, Fillo added.

Temperatures will climb into the 40s on Thursday and continue into the 60s for the weekend, said Fillo.

Central Patrick County will see from 2 to 4 inches of snow, while higher elevations could see as much as 6 to 9 inches, Fillo said. The eastern part of Patrick will get similar amounts to Martinsville and Henry County, he said.

Though Martinsville and Henry County probably don’t have to worry too much about snow, winds could gust as highs 40 mph, said Fillo. Winds will be high as the system moves toward the coast and the storm will “deepen and strengthen,” he added.

However, Fillo added that if the track or timing of the storm changes, the forecast will change.

If the snowfall keeps to the expected amount, Amanda Witt, president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, will be happy. She said Fast Track 2013 will go on “unless it’s a crazy amount (of snow) and no one can get in.”

“We’ve had snow, we’ve had tornado warnings” and all sorts of other weather-related issues during the show, Witt said, but during her tenure she has never had to cancel a show.

If a storm did come that made it impossible for people to get to the show, Witt said she would have to get with vendors, exhibitors and the Lester Group, which leases the space, to figure out when and if a show could be rescheduled.

“We have to have the show,” she added.


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