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Snow, sleet on the way
Sunday, March 16, 2014
With spring only four days away, another winter storm is bearing down on the area.
A winter storm watch is in effect for Martinsville, Henry and Patrick counties, bringing the possibility of snow and sleet accumulations today through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg.
A strong storm system is expected to track from the southern Plains toward the mid-Atlantic Region at the same time that a mass of cold Canadian air comes from the north, the NWS reported.
The precipitation is expected to start as rain late this morning further north and change over to a wintry mix of snow and sleet, according to the NWS.
It will start at the Interstate 64 corridor and spread south, reaching this area after sunset, the weather service stated. The snow and sleet will continue overnight before tapering off from the southwest after daybreak Monday.
Predicted snow accumulation amounts vary from more than 7-9 inches through the Interstate 64 corridor; 3 to 6 inches through the New River and Roanoke valleys; and at least an inch possible toward the Virginia/North Carolina border, the NWS stated. Additional sleet accumulations are possible.
Winds will be northeast 5-15 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, it added. Today’s high temperature is expected to be near 44 and the low will be around 31.
Monday is expected to be cloudy with a high near 34 and a low around 26. There is a continued chance of snow and sleet before 10 p.m. Monday and again on Tuesday.
A storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations.
The good news is that spring starts Thursday, when the high is expected to be 59.