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Roads improve; refreeze possible overnight

11 a.m. update:

 

As of 10:30 a.m., major roads across the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation are generally clear of snow and crews are continuing to work on secondary routes.

With the help of warmer temperatures and sunshine, conditions are rapidly improving; however, any moisture left on the roads due to melting will likely refreeze overnight and into the early hours of Tuesday. Caution is urged.

 

 

7:30 a.m. update:

Halifax County received about 2.5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that roads are generally clear, but icy patches are possible.

ORIGINAL STORY

Meet the incredible changing snowmaker. After a Saturday that felt much like spring, snow appeared to be on its way to Southside on Sunday, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service.

A storm system was tracking further south, bringing the possibility for heavier snow totals to the area.

Periods of light to moderate snow mixed with rain at times Sunday. However given warm ground temperatures only a coating of snow was expected especially when a heavier snow band pushes across, the National Weather Service stated.

Motorists are advised to be alert for reduced visibilities within the periods of heavier snowfall.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning in effect until 6 a.m. Monday for up to 6 inches of heavy wet snow in the area.

Rain and sleet started before noon Sunday and was forecast to switch to all snow by dusk. Snow is expected to exit the area by dawn Monday, forecasters predicted.

Temperatures started in the low 40s Sunday morning in the county, but but were expected to fall through the day to the 20s by Monday.

Roadways could become snow covered and slick late Sunday.

“A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring,” according to the weather service. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency.”

Any snow that falls won’t stick around for long. Monday’s highs are forecast to be in the mid-50s. By Thursday, look for highs to reach near 70.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has been monitoring area road conditions and will plow and/or treat state-maintained roads as needed throughout the event.

VDOT offers tips for driving in winter weather:

• Postpone unnecessary travel until conditions improve. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.

• Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and power lines.

• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.

• Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.

ROAD CONDITIONS
For the latest on road conditions and traffic during winter storms or any day of the year, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org. For more information about VDOT’s snow efforts and to find winter driving tips and other information, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org.

REPORT SNOW TOTALS
The public is encouraged to report snowfall amounts to the National Weather Service via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEND US YOUR SNOW PHOTOS
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