Ready, Set, Snow!

Possible 4 To 8 Inches Predicted For City

Posted: January 21, 2014

HARRISONBURG — It’s not another polar vortex, but the Valley is under a winter storm warning and is expected to experience heavy snow and frigid temperatures once again starting this morning.

Snow was expected to start between 4 and 7 a.m. today and continue until as late as midnight, according to Ken Widelski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling. The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur through the early afternoon and taper off in the early evening, according to an NWS storm advisory.

Winds are expected to increase to 10 to 20 mph during the day, with gusts around 30 mph during the afternoon and evening.

Today’s winter storm warning will be in effect until 11 p.m.

Harrisonburg and the surrounding area are expected to get between 4 and 8 inches of snow, but higher elevation areas may see a few more, Widelski said. Locations within the warning area at elevations higher than 1,500 to 2,000 feet may receive up to 15 inches.

Tonight, temperatures are expected to drop to 4 degrees above and will be 5 to 10 degrees below zero with the wind chill factored in.

Temperatures will rise on Wednesday, but only barely, with highs in the teens.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising Valley motorists to avoid driving if possible today. The VDOT’s Staunton District Office, which includes Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, said in a statement issued late Monday afternoon that high winds predicted for the day could cause drifting or blowing snow over highways.

VDOT crews were scheduled to work throughout the storm and after to ensure roads are treated and plowed.

Winter weather road conditions can be found online at VDOT’s website by logging onto www.511Virginia.org . Once on the page, look at the orange bar on the top of the page and click on “Text Views” and then click on “Road Condition Table.”

Contact Kassondra Cloos at 574-6290 or kcloos@dnronline.com



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