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Wintry weather expected
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Henry County and Martinsville until 10 tonight due to expected snow, according to the National Weather Service.
The advisory stated that as much as 1 to 3 inches of snowfall is possible. However, the forecast on Monday night stated that little to no accumulation is expected locally. But that depends on the track of the storm, information on the weather service’s website showed.
Rain is expected to change to, or mix with, snow by this afternoon. All of the precipitation is expected to be falling as snow by the afternoon commute, and roads could become covered with snow, the advisory said.
Any accumulation of snow could stick around for a while. A high temperature of 36 degrees is forecast today. Then, temperatures are expected to fall below the freezing point of 32 degrees today and remain below freezing — dipping into the teens and single digits at night — through Friday, the forecast said.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews on Monday began treating area roads with a brine solution to help with snow removal.
VDOT equipment operators and contractors are ready to begin plowing as soon as the snow begins, a news release showed.
During wintry weather, plow drivers concentrate their initial efforts on primary rural roads, specifically those numbered up to 599. Once the precipitation stops and the major roads are plowed and treated, VDOT begins to work on the secondary roads — those numbered 600 and above.
Up-to-date road condition information is available by calling 511 or going online at www.511Virginia.org.
Martinsville city offices were closed Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and officials could not be reached for comment. However, they have said that city crews generally treat trouble spots — such as shady hills — first, then move to major routes and then residential streets.
Drivers are encouraged to avoid travel during winter weather if possible, VDOT officials said.