HARRISONBURG — A winter storm warning remains in effect starting at 6 p.m, with the National Weather Service maintaining its prediction of as much as a foot or more of wet snow for the area.
Mike Flynn shovels snow to help free Dora Rojas' car after it got stuck in a rut while turning into an alley on Tuesday in Minneapolis as a winter storm dumped snow on much of the state. Tens of thousands of Minnesota students got a day off Tuesday as the second day of a slow-moving snowstorm made travel difficult across much of the region. (Photo by Associated Press)
Workers remove snow from cars at an auto dealership on Tuesday in Bloomington, Minn. left by a storm that is crawling east from the Dakotas and Minnesota toward Chicago which could bring up to 10 inches of snow in some areas. (Photo by Associated Press)
A tow truck operator prepares to haul away a car involved in an accident on Interstate 94 in Fargo, N.D. on Monday. Overnight snow made travel treacherous across much of the upper Midwest. (Photo by Associated Press)
According to the NWS, a storm will pelt the Valley starting later this evening and continue through midnight Wednesday. NWS predicts 10 to 15 inches of snow.
Tonight's snow will land with a mix of rain, but precipitation will change to all snow at some point tonight. The snow will be intermittently heavy and continue through Wednesday night.
Temperatures will drop to the upper 20s tonight, and reach the lower 30s on Wednesday, with winds coming from the Northeast at 15 to 25 mph. Gusts will reach 35 mph.
NWS warns of power outages because of the heavy snow and wind, and warns motorists to be prepared with an emergency kit if they venture out.
Residents who lose power or who see downed lines should call their power company from a mobile phone. The local power companies can be reached at:
■ Dominion: 1-866-DOM-HELP
■ Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative: 434-2200
■ Harrisonburg Electric Commission: 434-5361
— Staff Report
The storm is heading here from the Midwest, where it has clobbered the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and other states. NWS reports that Rocky Boy, Mont., received 24 inches of snow, while winds in Buffalo, S.D. have gusted to 61 mph.