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Harsh weather expected
Storm may bring sleet, freezing rain
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The next couple of days will be miserable if Mother Nature has her way.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon today. A complex storm system sweeping the East Coast is expected to bring light sleet and freezing rain to the entire area, and Patrick County could get a little snow, according to the website of the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg.
Light icing is anticipated, mostly on trees and power lines, but untreated roads and other surfaces could get slippery, especially during this morning’s commuting hours, the weather service said.
Martinsville, Henry and Patrick County Schools all announced Monday night that classes today will be on a two-hour delay.
Temperatures are expected to warm into the mid-30s, above the freezing point, by this afternoon, changing the precipitation to all rain, the website showed.
But that’s just the beginning.
Rain is expected to continue through late Wednesday afternoon. It may be heavy at times tonight, with a potential for up to 2 inches, and some snow could mix in — including in Henry County and Martinsville — before the precipitation ends, according to the weather service.
Temperatures today are expected to reach 36 degrees and not drop much, if any, before rising to about 41 degrees on Wednesday. The overnight low temperature on Wednesday is expected to drop to around 23.
Clear, sunny skies are expected for Thanksgiving Day with a high of 37 and a low of 22. Black Friday shoppers can expect to feel a chill in the air, as a high of 42 and a low of 26 are forecast, according to the weather service.