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Winter weather possible early Tuesday in Southside

A strong storm system developing across the Southern Plains is expected to deliver a light dose of winter precipitation to Halifax County.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a winter weather advisory from 2 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Light freezing rain is forecast to mix with sleet in the early morning hours, which could cause for a dicey commute, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will warm to the mid 30s by afternoon and remain above freezing into Tuesday night. The rain could be heavy at times with up to 2 inches possible through Wednesday.

Before the storm system exits the area Wednesday night, there’s a slight chance the rain will turn to snow briefly.

VDOT crews are monitoring the forecast and make plans to respond accordingly, according to a news release. Because the storm is supposed to begin as rain, pre-treating will not take place. However, should icing occur, abrasives will be applied to assist motorists with traction, according to VDOT.

The system is expected to leave behind sunny skies and some bitter cold temperatures with the high for Thanksgiving Day forecast for only 38 degrees. Lows are expected to dip into the lower 20s.