Wintry mix expected to hit valley today

The first weekend of the new year is expected to also bring the first winter weather of 2015.

According to the National Weather Service in Baltimore, the counties of Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke and the City of Winchester are all under winter weather advisories today until 5 p.m.

The storm is expected to bring “little to no accumulation,” said Calvin Meadows, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The oncoming weather, Meadows said, is associated with a frontal system approaching this area from the lower Mississippi Valley.

The storm is also expected to bring “widespread precipitation” to the mid-Atlantic region.

Precipitation in the Shenandoah Valley is expected to start off as sleet and freezing rain around midnight or 1 a.m.

Expected accumulation for the sleet is around 1/10 to 2/10 of an inch, according to the weather service’s report.

According to Meadows, this is referred to as a trace or accumulation that is “less than a measurable amount.”

However, Meadows also added, “Any amount of freezing rain is dangerous driving [conditions].”

Meadows said that the precipitation will start today in the Shenandoah Valley region, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. That precipitation should, Meadows said, continue until Sunday.

“The precipitation will kind of lose intensity and become more showery early Sunday morning,” Meadows said.

Meadows also said that the rain should “be all over by Sunday afternoon.”

Although the rain will be over by Sunday, temperatures will remain near freezing early next week.

That weather will be the result of Arctic air making its way down from Canada.

“We’re not expecting any precipitation with it, it’s going to be dry, cold Canadian air mass that is going to come in and drop temperatures,” Meadows said.

Temperatures Monday are expected to reach as high as 34 degrees, with a low of 22. Tuesday will be very similar, with a high of 37 degrees and a low of 22.

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