Snow expected to fall on region
A snowstorm is expected to hit the Shenandoah Valley today.
The National Weather Service out of Baltimore/D.C. is calling for 1-2 inches of snow for much of the valley, including the counties of Warren, Page, Frederick and Shenandoah.
Ken Widelski, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said that snow should start falling in the valley around 4 a.m. today.
Accumulation, Widelski said, will be “1-2 inches widespread,” with some local areas seeing as much as 3 inches.
“The further north you are, the better shot you are going to have at accumulating snow,” Widelski said.
Widelski said that, because temperatures will be in the 20s, the snow will “absolutely” stick to the roads.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun treating local roadways in preparation for the inclement weather.
Cliff Balderson, administrator for VDOT’s Edinburg residency, said VDOT crews have “pretreated the primary roads” with a layer of salt to help travel conditions.
“There is a level of salt down … and it does give us a better handle on dealing with these colder temperatures that they are calling for,” Balderson added.
Temperatures should only reach a high of 35 degrees today.
Balderson noted that VDOT will have crews out on the roads before the snow is expected to start falling.
Widelski said he snow should subside by midday, with an end time of around 1 or 2 p.m.
Because the cold weather is expected to continue, Widelski said that the snow should stay on the ground for the next few days.
Temperatures are forecast to dip down as far as 20 degrees tonight. The high for Wednesday will be around 25, with a frigid overnight low of 8 degrees.
For the morning commute, Balderson said that residents should “leave early, allow yourself some extra time and make sure your vehicle’s in good shape.”
Residents can track road condition updates through VDOT’s 511 service at 511virginia.org.
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