Snowfall may hit before holiday

Residents of the Shenandoah Valley could see a white Thanksgiving this year, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Snyder said Monday that a system forming near the Carolinas could bring as much as 3-6 inches to the Shenandoah Valley on Wednesday.

“If there are accumulations, it will [likely] stick around through Thanksgiving,” Snyder said.

He noted that this broad-based forecast currently applies to local towns and cities such as Strasburg, Woodstock and Winchester.

Snyder added that valley towns at higher altitudes could see several inches more than lower-lying valley areas. This would, according to Snyder, mean a difference of as much as 2-3 inches of accumulation.

Precipitation from this system could start out as a rain and snow mix before switching to snow in the early hours of Wednesday, Snyder said.

He said the forecast of 3-6 inches applies for the entire valley since the weather service is not “100 percent confident on temperatures.”

Temperatures could, according to Snyder, start to fall as more snow precipitates into the early hours Wednesday.

The current low for Tuesday night is 34 degrees, with a Wednesday high of 37. The temperature is currently forecasted to drop down to 27 degree Wednesday night.

Although some evening snow is possible, Snyder said he believes that the majority of this storm’s accumulation will occur early Wednesday morning.

That snow would then start to taper-off into the late afternoon and evening hours.

Snyder noted that if the snow does accumulate, it is likely to stick to some of the lesser-traveled roads more easily.

In addition, Snyder cautioned that this will also make morning commutes down the Interstate 81 corridor more difficult. “There could be periods of moderate to heavy snow … and that could reduce visibility,” Snyder said.

According to Snyder, this could make Wednesday “a sloppy travel day … the roads will be wet or slushy.”

However, Snyder stressed that the forecast is not set in stone yet and that it could change.

“[At the moment,] there is a pretty good chance of seeing rain and snow across the area,” Snyder said.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com