February 21, 2011 - Update From Morning Blog

By: Mallory Brooke
By: Mallory Brooke

A quick update from this mornings blog - read all about tonight's messy weather inside!

Alright everyone, advisories and warnings are up!

Hardy & Grant are under winter storm warnings, while the rest of the Valley stays under winter weather advisories. Here's the breakdown.

7pm-7am Winter Storm Warning: Hardy & Grant
9pm-7am Winter Weather Advisory: Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Pendleton
12am-7am Winter Weather Advisory: Augusta & Highland

Not too much has changed since this morning's update with the exception of more sleet introduced in the forecast. All heavy precip should be out of the area before the morning commute, however the commute will be heavily impacted.

I'll break it down by county again.

Grant & Hardy: Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for 5-7" overnight. Higher elevations will likely rob some moisture, leaving the Valley with weakened snow showers.

Shenandoah & Page: Precipitation amounts have gone up slightly, but I think we may see some more sleet mixed in. Amounts will still likely fall in the 1-2" snow/sleet accumulation, although I would not be surprised to see an isolated 3" amount here and there.

Rockingham & Pendleton: I'm still holding onto more of a sleet than snow event for Rockingham. Pendleton gets a little iffy because of the varying terrain. A warm wedge of air seems to get stuck about 5,000 feet in the atmosphere, which puts us into a sleet profile. As mentioned before, the farther north you are, the better chance of more precipitation and less icy mix. We can expect amounts of .50" in southern parts of the county to 1.5"-2" in northern parts.

Augusta & Highland: While we'll see the lowest precipitation amounts here, rain will change over to a sleet (and some higher elevation areas seeing freezing rain) overnight. Less than .50" of precipitation is still expected.

Any questions? Please ask!

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