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PHOTOS: Halifax County on fringe of historic winter storm

When it comes to snow, it’s all about location. Traditionally, the northern parts of Halifax County receive the heaviest blanket of frozen precipitation. This time, the tables seem turned.

That’s because a massive winter storm is brewing over the South after a blast of arctic air moved in.

While Southern Virginia looks to escape the brunt of this potentially historic storm, the National Weather Service says there’s a chance for 1 to 3 inches of snow beginning Tuesday afternoon. 

The heaviest accumulations are expected to be to the southeast of the region.

The predicted snow caused Halifax County Public Schools to dismiss students at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Light snow and flurries developed Tuesday morning, and the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that was in effect from noon Tuesday through 9 a.m. Wednesday. This winter weather advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. 

Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities. 

The forecast calls for a daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch. An overnight accumulation of an additional one to two inches is possible, ending early in the morning, according to the National Weather Service. 

Public works crews spread brine, which is a mixture of water and salt, on roadways. The water in the brine evaporates, leaving the salt behind on the road. The salt breaks the bond between the snow and the roadway, and it therefore helps prevent the snow from freezing onto roads and bridges.   

Basically it’s areas southeast of a line from Charlotte Courthouse, Danville and Reidsville, N.C., that could see the heaviest snowfall. 

That’s if this system, which has been difficult to forecast, sticks to the current path.

The temperatures are perfect to support snow: Today’s high is forecast to be 25 degrees.

“A strong cold front, representing the leading edge of the latest surge of arctic air to sweep through the central and eastern U.S., continues to push across the Southeast this morning, while dropping south into the northern Gulf of Mexico,” read a statement from the weather service issued Tuesday morning.

As this cold air arrives, moisture drawn back north of the boundary ahead of an upper level system digging into the lower Mississippi valley will set the stage for a massive winter storm that will extend from the central Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic coast. 

Significant icing appears probable across portions of southern Georgia into coastal South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina. 

A swath of light to moderate snows is likely further to the north and west, with heavy snows possible across northeastern North Carolina into the Hampton Roads region, according to the weather service. 

The extremely cold weather will stick around through Thursday. By Friday highs are forecast to reach the upper 40s and mid 50s by Saturday. 

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