More snowfall expected across the valley
Another round of snowfall is expected to hit the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
The National Weather Service in Sterling has issued a winter storm watch for much of the Northern Valley region effective 7 p.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Thursday.
The system is expected to dump 6-8 inches of snow on Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties, according to meteorologist Kyle Struckman.
Struckman noted portions of Page County are expected to get 4-6 inches.
“It’s going to be raining tomorrow and the temperatures are going to drop pretty quickly late tomorrow,” Struckman said Tuesday, adding that the rain is expected to switch over to snow and some sleet after 7 p.m.
The snowfall, Struckman said, is expected to be steady throughout the night and Thursday, with some periods of heavy snowfall mixed in.
“It might be kind of slow to move through, which is why it might be a prolonged, 24-hour snowfall,” Struckman added.
This latest batch of winter weather is from a cold front moving west to east across the country.
Recent temperatures coupled with this week’s forecast will result in the snow sticking to the roads, Struckman noted.
Wednesday is expected to be 51, but temperatures are expected to fall to 28 degrees overnight. On Thursday, temperatures are expected to be 29 degrees, with an overnight drop to 4 degrees.
For Thursday’s single-digit weather, Struckman noted, “There is not going to be a whole lot of wind, but it may be windy enough that we could see wind chills below zero degrees.”
Residents hoping for a break may get one over the weekend. At the moment, Struckman said, “It looks like it is going to be dry over the weekend.”
On Saturday, temperatures are predicted to reach as high as 45 degrees. This forecast, Struckman noted, should apply to Sunday as well.
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