2-4 Inches Fell, But Roads OK

Posted: March 18, 2013

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow fell in Harrisonburg and the surrounding area Sunday night and this morning, but most roads in the region are in good shape — for now, at least, according to city officials.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. today and meteorologists say the wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain that’s expected to pepper the area this afternoon could turn streets icy.

“Roads may become slippery due to ice accumulation …  especially across elevated surfaces such as bridges and overpasses,” the National Weather Service’s advisory warns.

Radar images show a significant line of rain and freezing rain currently moving across West Virginia and forecast models call for that precipitation to arrive in the central Valley by mid-afternoon.

Today’s forecast calls for temperatures to remain in the low to mid 30s throughout the afternoon, a range ripe for a mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain.

Interstate 81 and state and local primary roads were in “minor” condition as of 11:30 a.m., which means most surfaces are clear with just a few patches of snow ice or slush.

The first day of spring is Wednesday, and while temperatures will moderate somewhat later this week, it’s not going to feel very spring-like outside. The mercury will only get up to around 50 degrees on Tuesday before dropping down into the mid-40s for the vernal equinox.

Contact Rob Longley at 574-6281 or rlongley@dnronline.com