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Winter hanging around
Wet weather may continue into Tuesday
Daffodils are shown in Martinsville after snow fell Sunday. The wet weather is expected to continue through Tuesday, with highs reaching the lower 40s. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Monday, March 25, 2013
By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer
March may have come in like a lion, but it sure isn’t going out like a lamb.
Sunday’s mix of rain, sleet and snow, combined with cold temperatures, may persist in some form through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.
Due to the possibility of hazardous travel conditions, Henry County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay today. Patrick County Schools will be closed today due to the weather.
Weather service meteorologist Robert Beasley said Sunday evening that the Henry County-Martinsville area is on the edge of the weather system that dumped several inches of snow in Roanoke, Bedford and other areas.
This area, he said, is too warm, too far south and its elevation is too low for it to face that problem.
Instead, Beasley said area residents might awake today to find about another inch of sleet, snow and/or rain has fallen overnight.
That, coupled with falling temperatures Sunday night, had Lisa Price Hughes worried. Price Hughes, the resident engineer for the Bassett Forks office of the Virginia Department of Transportation, said late Sunday afternoon crews were to be out overnight, checking for spots such as bridges that commonly freeze first and treating them.
VDOT crews were out by 7 or 8 a.m. Sunday when sleet, followed by rain and then sleet fell on the area. A short but heavy snowfall around 10 Sunday morning made roads “really slick,” she said.
Crews treated the roads with salt and sand, but the problems did not last long, Price Hughes said. Later in the day there were no problems with travel, she added.
Today may be a little better. The National Weather Service is calling for only a 20 percent chance of snow before noon, turning to a mix of rain and snow between noon and 1 p.m. and then a slight chance of rain after that. Skies should be cloudy and the temperature is expected to near 44.
“If that holds true, you’re not going to have any problems,” Beasley said.
However, the low Monday night is forecast at 27, which could mean problems for motorists Tuesday morning, he said.
There is a chance of snow turning to rain again on Tuesday before the temperature rises to around 45. After that, it is forecast to be sunny or partly sunny for the rest of the week.
Those looking ahead to Easter Sunday can expect a high of 59 under mostly sunny skies, according to the weather service.