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Will mid-week winter storm be beast or bust?

Winter Storm Saturn, as named by the Weather Channel, has the potential to bring wet, heavy snow to Halifax County and portions of Virginia by late Tuesday into Wednesday.

The word to remember is “potential,” as the storm has yet to materialize over Halifax County and neighboring areas.

As of Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg predicted an 80 percent chance of rain changing over to a rain/snow mix by 2 a.m. Wednesday, with precipitation amounts between one-half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Snow continues into Wednesday morning until 11 a.m., when it changes over into a rain/snow mix with a high temperature of 39 degrees.

Snow is likely Wednesday night with a low of 32 degrees, where the chance of precipitation is 60 percent, while Thursday’s forecast is for partly sunny conditions with a high temperature near 48 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the Weather Channel, Winter Storm Saturn has the potential to turn into a powerful “Noreaster,” but the key uncertainties are the exact track of the storm, intensity of the low pressure driving it and how much cold air is available to fuel the precipitation.

As of Sunday afternoon, the heaviest snowfall is predicted for the Central Appalachians, including mountains in West Virginia and western Virginia.

Rain may change to snow in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia, and possibly into central Virginia on Wednesday, with some accumulation possible.

Temperatures will likely be just above freezing, and slight differences in temperatures and precipitation density will have an impact on how much snow falls, according to the Weather Channel.