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UPDATE: Halifax County under winter weather advisory

Predicted accumulation of snow on Tuesday has the Virginia Department of Transportation on standby.

The area is under a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. The northern part of the county could see 1 to 3 inches of snow. Less than an inch is forecast for the southern areas of Halifax County.

A wave of low pressure is expected to form along an arctic front over North Carolina and develop into a strong surface low over the offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Weather Service.

“This will result in a shield of light to moderate snow from Kentucky to southern New England, including the Mid-Atlantic region,” the weather service said in a statement. “Several inches of snow accumulation appears increasingly likely over this area, along with plummeting temperatures.”

The official forecast for Halifax County on Tuesday calls for a chance of rain and snow in the morning, then a chance of snow in the afternoon. Accumulation of up to an inch is possible. Temperatures will be cooler with highs in the upper 30s but are expected to fall into the lower 30s in the afternoon.

Winds also will increase throughout the day with gusts up to 25 mph.

VDOT is warning motorists to be alert to the possibility of snow-covered roads and icy conditions Tuesday. 

VDOT crews will begin pre-treating major roadways Monday, according to a news release. When snow begins, VDOT will “treat roads with sand to improve traction and salt to help melt the snow and ice and prevent it from bonding to the road surface,” the release stated.