Central Valley Braces For Potential Winter Storm Wallop
Posted: March 4, 2013
By ROB LONGLEY
HARRISONBURG — Three weeks before the start of spring, the central Valley is preparing for what could be the heaviest snowfall of the winter season. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for most of western Virginia, including Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The watch, which extends west into eastern West Virginia and north into Maryland and Washington, D.C., is set to run from 6 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday night.
Six inches or more of heavy, wet snow is expected to hit the mid-Atlantic region starting Tuesday night, according to the weather service. The track of the storm is still unclear, though, so the central Valley could see as much as a foot of snow or no more than a couple of inches.
Temperatures are expected to hover in the low- to mid-30s, which could lead to mixed precipitation early on in the storm, the service said. However, any freezing rain or sleet is expected to change over to straight snow late Tuesday night.
Because the forecast calls for heavy, wet snow, power outages in the region’s hardest hit areas are possible, the NWS says. The weight of the snow can cause limbs to fall on power lines and can also prove hazardous to motorists, pedestrians and homes with overhanging trees.
Should you lose power and use a generator, never place it inside your home or garage. Running a generator inside a home can lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide — which in turn can kill occupants in a matter of hours.
Several people died last month from carbon monoxide poisoning after running generators inside their homes during last month’s blizzard, which slugged the Northeast with up to three feet of snow.
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