- Last Updated on 01:33 PM 03/16/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Old man winter will not let go. While county residents enjoyed spring-like weather Saturday with plenty of sun pushing temperatures into the mid-70s, forecasters now are predicting another night of wintry weather Sunday into Monday.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a winter weather advisory from 8 p.m. Sunday evening through 2 p.m. Monday afternoon with another round of snow and sleet headed for Southside.
A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain accumulations of an inch or two along and north of the Staunton River are predicted late Sunday evening and into Monday morning.
Winds will be out of the northeast at 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Temperatures will fall to below freezing by late Sunday afternoon.
The weather service warns that untreated roads and surfaces will become snow covered and hazardous.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is, once again, prepared to address any traffic issues that may occur as a result of falling precipitation, according to VDOT’s public relations spokesperson Paula Jones.
Crews in VDOT’s Lynchburg District, which includes Halifax County, have checked their equipment and materials and are ready to respond as conditions warrant, Jones said Sunday afternoon.
Lynchburg crews will not be pre-treating any roadways because this storm is expected to begin as rain. However, beginning with major roadways, they will push snow once it has reached an appropriate level and will apply abrasives, as needed.
Motorists are advised to use caution or to delay travel during the storm, if possible.If travel is necessary, VDOT offers the following winter driving tips:
• Know the conditions before you go! Check VDOT’s www.511virginia.org, call 511 and/or check local media.
• Make sure your vehicle is winter ready – completely clear all windows, lights, and side mirrors before driving.
• Keep an emergency driving kit in your car.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and allow extra time for travel.
• Be alert to the possibility of downed trees, limbs and other items.
• When driving on ice, don’t slam on your brakes. Travel gently. Turn slowly. Sudden changes can cause your car to spin out of control.