Winter Weather Underway

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The stage is set for a wintry mess today that may impact your travel and damage power lines.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through early Monday morning. This means there will be significant snow, sleet and ice accumulation.

Light snow will begin to fall as we wake up this morning. This will work its way south to north. Hitting Staunton first, then Harrisonburg and then Winchester.

Even with a light coating of snow, roads can become slick. Interstates 81, 64 and 66 should be fine early, but become more hazardous as the day goes on.

Around noon, snow will begin to mix with sleet, accumulating around one to three inches.

In the afternoon the wintery mix will primarily be freezing rain, which is very dangerous. Rain will freeze on contact with anything below freezing. Roads and even interstates could become icy before sundown.

Most Valley locations should expect a tenth to a quarter inch of ice. This will mainly be on trees and power lines, adding to the potential for scattered power outages.

Sunday will be cold with temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Make sure to have a safe, alternative heat source in case you lose power.

Freezing rain lasts overnight Sunday into Monday morning before changing to rain Monday afternoon.

Travel should be avoided if at all possible Sunday. If you have to, please slow down and allow VDOT, city and county crews to clear and treat the roads.

Check the "closings" section online here. Some services have already been cancelled. Schools could be also closed, or at least delayed, Monday due to icy roads.

For a more detailed forecast, go to our weather section here.


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