By Joe Beck
National Weather Service forecasters warned Friday of a light coating of ice likely will form on roads in the Northern Shenandoah Valley as a result of rain, snow and sleet moving into the area.
The forecast called for freezing rain before 10 p.m. Friday that would turn to snow, freezing rain and sleet overnight. Freezing rain was likely before 8 a.m. with more rain to follow later in morning, according to the forecast.
A winter weather advisory issued at 11:52 a.m. Friday was to remain in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday. Sleet and ice accumulations of less than one tenth of an inch were likely to cause travel problems. Forecasters urged drivers to watch for slippery roads and poor visibility.
Temperatures were forecast for the low 30s with light southeast winds of 5 or 10 mph.
Little precipitation had fallen by Friday afternoon, but Weather Service meteorologist Brian Lasorsa said light rain, drizzle and a coating of ice were probable at night.
Sandy Myers, communications manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation's Staunton office, said crews had been out Friday treating roads with anti-icing chemicals before the precipitation arrived.
"We will have watch crews out tonight, and they will be ready to go and start treating roads if we get frozen precipitation on road surfaces," she said. "They will be ready to treat the roads as that weather happens."
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