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Don’t Put That Shovel Away Yet ...

Halifax County is bracing itself for the third major storm of the winter season.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has predicted the storm will move into the area late Thursday and early Friday, with a 50 percent chance of rain and snow after midnight, with temperatures hovering in the lower 30s.

Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 30s Friday and Friday night, with a 90 percent chance of rain and snow, and the Saturday forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of snow and steady temperatures in the lower 30s.

The NWS predicts a 60 percent chance of snow likely in the evening, with lows in the mid 20s.

A 60 percent chance of snow is forecast for Saturday evening with lows in the mid 20s.

Sunday through Monday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 30s and lows in the lower 20s.

Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy has issued snow removal guidelines in advance of the third winter storm headed to the area this weekend.

Residents are required to remove snow from sidewalks in front of their home by noon the day after the snow ends, and they are asked not to place snow back in the street.

Snow removal guidelines for the Town of Halifax mirror those followed in Lynchburg, said Espy.

Clearing of all primary streets and heaviest traffic routes is the first priority, and second is clearing of all collector streets.

The third priority is the clearing of all residential streets if more than two inches of snow exists.  Chemicals and abrasives are used only on main routes and bridges as needed.

Espy advises residents to equip their vehicles in advance with chains or snow tires if the streets are covered, to plan for off-street parking and alternate routes and avoid unnecessary trips.

Save work by shoveling driveways after the town plows have passed, Espy said.  Snow removed from driveways and parking lots should not be thrown into the street or onto the sidewalk.

“As you shovel out your driveway, toss the snow to the right side so that snow will not end up back in your driveway as the plows go through your neighborhood.

“Pool neighborhood resources, and consider helping the elderly with grocery shopping, snow shoveling, and other chores,” the town manager suggested.