By Katie Demeria
A weather system expected to impact a large portion of the northeast is likely to leave a mark on the Shenandoah Valley.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory and a wind chill advisory, and the area is likely to see even colder weather early next week. While the winter weather advisory was expected to end last night, the wind chill advisory is expected to remain in effect until noon today.
NWS meteorologist Brian Lasora said the northern Shenandoah Valley area is expected to receive about 1 to 3 inches of accumulation, while the central valley area is likely to see less than an inch.
"It will mostly be snow, but it may mix with a little bit of rain," he said.
The wind chills, he added, will result in temperatures close to zero, especially near the mountains.
"It's going to be very cold on Friday, and Friday night, so the snow may stick around for a few days," Lasora said.
Friday night could see temperatures as low as the single digits and teens, he added.
Those temperatures may drop even further over the weekend and into early next week. Lasora said another system might bring rain or other precipitation to the area over the weekend.
"It may even be colder next week than it is with this Friday system," he said. "The temperatures could reach below zero Monday night, and possibly into Tuesday."
Sandy Myers, of the Virginia Department of Transportation, said VDOT started preparing for the incoming system on Tuesday.
"We have been doing anti-icing on the roads, and that is good for at least 48 hours before the storm," she said.
VDOT crews were notified and will stay on 24-hour shifts, she continued. They will be plowing and treating as the system progresses.
Myers advised travelers to use VDOT's 511 website, www.511virginia.org, before driving in order to ensure that the roads are clear and no major accident has occurred.
The anti-icing usually loses its effect after about 48 hours, so Myers said if the weekend produces more precipitation, the crews will be sent out again to treat the roads.
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