Area could see mix of wintry weather this evening

Shenandoah County and surrounding areas could experience more light winter weather through tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Baltimore.

This weather comes shortly following a rainstorm that brought ice and freezing rain to the area on Tuesday.

According to the latest forecasts, areas including Strasburg, Winchester and Woodstock could see light rain today. The chance of snow showers during the day is 20 percent.

According to Carl Barnes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, this is being caused by a system of low pressure that is expected to sit in the New England region this week.

A low pressure system simply sitting in one area is unusual, according to Barnes, and is due to a “blocking pattern” — or a high pressure system to the north.

Barnes noted that, because of the 40-degree temperatures seen during the day, there should be no more freezing rain and no accumulation tonight.

“There might be a couple of periods of all snow, but it will mostly be a rain/snow mix,” Barnes said.

According to Barnes, this weather is expected to have a low impact in terms of travel.

“We’re not expecting widespread freezing on the roads, but there could be some slick patches,” Barnes said.

At the same time, Barnes noted that the precipitation could affect visibility.

Barnes also said that the mix of rain and snow will most likely continue into tonight, with precipitation ceasing around 10 p.m.

Barnes stressed that any wintry precipitation that could occur during the day will not result in accumulation.

Sunny weather is expected to return to the area on Thursday, with temperatures expected to reach 38 degrees.

However, Barnes said that the area will see strong winter winds on Thursday, with gusts reaching as high as 23 mph.

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