Winchester Area Snowfall Predictions Increasing - 12 to 16 Inches Possible (2:20 p.m.)
WINCHESTER — Winchester appears to be in the line of fire for a major snowstorm traveling north from the Gulf states tonight and into tomorrow.
Meteorologist Kevin Witt of the National Weather Service office in Sterling, said the heaviest snowfall — between 12 and 16 inches — is expected on a line from Harrisburg, Pa., through Hagerstown, Md., and south through the Shenandoah Valley to Staunton.
Witt said the first flakes should move into the area between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight, with the heaviest fall through noon Thursday.
“You are the high spots,” Witt said.
While no ice is expected there could be periods of sleet, he added and the snow will be wet and heavy, a prescription for downed trees and power lines.
The storm could taper off to rain before ending Thursday evening.
That amount of precipitation would make the storm the biggest of the winter season, which has already dropped 26.5 inches of snow on the Winchester area, some 2 inches above average.
And, said Witt, expect the snow pack to linger.
“Even if we see temperatures in the 40s next week, night time temperatures will be below freezing every night, which makes it tough to go away.”
And, he said, Saturday evening and into Sunday, snow showers could an another inch of snow on top of the storm total.
Witt also noted the area is facing five more weeks of “winter” weather.
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