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After snow, bitter cold to settle in for several days

Due to the prediction of inclement weather, Halifax County Public Schools and schools in surrounding areas were closed Tuesday. 

Halifax County residents were expected to see a coating of snow to an inch or two in the northern portion, but as the winds picked up on Tuesday, the chill factor increased. 

A winter advisory for this area remained in place until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The northern part of the county was expected to see 1 to 3 inches of snow with less than an inch in the southern areas. 

Mixed rain and snow was forecast to begin early Tuesday afternoon changing to snow by the evening. 

Winds from 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph added to winter’s discomfort. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service also predicted the wintry mix of rain and snow with highs only in the 30s, dropping as low as 13 degrees. 

The chance of snow was expected to accumulate close to an inch before gradual clearing with only a 40 percent chance of new snow accumulation into the night. 

The National Weather Service predicted Wednesday to be sunny with a high of 26 and wind chill values as low as zero at 7 to 11 mph.  

The Weather Channel predicted similar conditions as well with a 90 percent chance of around 1 inch of snowfall with winds at 20 to 30 mph. 

It was predicted snow would end late Tuesday evening giving way to some clearing later in the night. 

After the snow exits, bitter cold is expected to set in for several days. Highs through Friday are forecast to remain below freezing with overnight lows in the teens. This weekend high temperatures will struggle to reach 40.

In preparation for the winter weather, VDOT crews began 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.  

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