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VDOT crew member Jim Marston walks around a loader filled with salt. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Garland Mumaw, a VDOT crew member, loads a truck with salt Tuesday morning outside the Mount Jackson VDOT headquarters in preparation for the forecasted winter weather. Rich Cooley/Daily

Freezing rain could lead to icy road conditions today

By Preston Knight-pknight@nvdaily.com

Freezing rain may result in slippery road conditions this morning in the upper part of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, while drivers throughout the entire region should at be facing at least a wet commute.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday afternoon issued a freezing rain advisory beginning 9 p.m. Tuesday to last through 7 a.m. today for Frederick and Clarke counties and the city of Winchester. Ice accumulation of one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch was expected, with precipitation in some locations changing to just rain.

As temperatures were to slowly creep up overnight, more rain, rather than ice, was expected for the area, said Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the service's Sterling office.
About a quarter-inch or half-inch of rain is possible today, on top of any freezing rain that occurred overnight.

Once the storm passes, the rest of today should be breezy, but dry, Witt said.

As Super Bowl weekend sets in, rain and snow is possible Friday heading into Saturday. However, Witt said it was too early to forecast what may happen.

Last year, Super Bowl weekend saw the second large storm in the area for the winter, as much of northern and western Virginia was blanketed in more than 20 inches of snow.
The area has been spared such a winter blast so far this year.

Shenandoah County Fire Chief Gary Yew was on a conference call with the National Weather Service on Tuesday morning.

The forecast became better for the county as the day progressed, but he said his department always advises residents to have enough food, flashlights and water to be self-sustaining for 72 hours in case of an emergency.

"Folks here in Shenandoah County are pretty independent," Yew said.

He said fire and rescue agencies also are put on alert to have additional volunteer staffing available when forecasts look ominous.

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