Winter Storm Watch issued ahead of weekend snow

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    Winter Storm Watches have been issued for our area and will be in effect Saturday through Sunday evening.

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    We continue to track our winter storm which will bring accumulating snow, a wintry mix and travel issues this weekend.

    Snow showers develop Saturday morning and we’ll see scattered snow showers during the day.

    Accumulations will be on the lighter side.

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    If you do have to travel tomorrow-please run your errands earlier in the day. As we head into the afternoon and especially Saturday night, travel will become increasingly difficult.

    This is due to the fact that the snow will increase in coverage and intensity Saturday evening, overnight and into Sunday.

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    While those along and north of 460 are looking at a predominately snow event and therefore higher snowfall totals, those south of 460 will see more of a wintry mix.

    A mix will lead to lower snowfall totals, but create more icy conditions.

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    The snow will continue to fall on Sunday, with a mix for our southern viewing area. Travel is still discouraged during the day on Sunday.

    Here’s the bottom line:

    TOTALS: In general, we expect the highest totals north of 460 and into the NRV. (5-10”) There will be a stripe, right along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge that could pick up (7-12”) Totals get cut sharply after you head south of 460 where, again, more mixing will take place. Areas near the Staunton River and far Southwest Virginia (3-7”) while areas near the Dan River will see the least amount of snow (under 3”)

    IMPACTS: Tricky travel starting Saturday afternoon and lasting through Monday Morning. Isolated power outages, especially Southside.

    TIME: Precipitation will start on Saturday. The heaviest falls overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening the precipitation starts to fade.

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