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Snow and sleet expected to hit area Saturday

By Katie Demeria

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that is expected to last from five a.m. to midnight Saturday.

With largely a mixture of snow and sleet expected, NWS meteorologist Jared Klein said that two-to-four inches is expected in Virginia's northwestern region, making its way toward Winchester.

"The further south you go, especially central Shenandoah Valley, you're talking about one-to-three inches, and potentially higher, like two-to-four inches along the ridges," Klein added.

Most of the precipitation should be over the area early Saturday morning, according to Klein, and it will then spread northward toward midday. The heaviest snow and sleet is expected to fall during the later afternoon into the evening.

The precipitation that hit the area last weekend stuck around throughout the week. While this system will probably add to what is already on the ground, slightly warmer temperatures may mean that the snow melts by early next week.

"The temperatures on Sunday are in the upper thirties and forties," Klein said. "[The valley] will get some melt that day, but whatever melts will probably refreeze over night."

Sandy Myers of the Virginia Department of Transportation said that VDOT brought their trucks out Friday to start pre-treating the roads.

"Anti-icing was done today, so we have prepped the roads," Myers said Friday. "We'll have our area headquarters staffed with full salting crews tonight, and the crews will be ready to go out and treat the roads."

Most of the treatment done to Virginia roads early this week probably ran off already, Myers said, meaning that most will have to be retreated.

"We're prepared for the weather no matter what comes from it," Myers said.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com

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