Area prepares for worst as storm nears

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Posted: March 6, 2013

The Winchester Star

Virginia Department of Transportation workers George Wetzel (from left), Frank Wright and David Riggs install snow chains on a front-end loader Tuesday in Stephens City in preparation for an expected heavy snowfall in the northern Shenandoah Valley. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Bert Cline (from left) of Middletown, gets some help from Miller's Ace Hardware employees Gary Smallwood and Terry Harmon loading bags of ice-melting compound at the Stephens City store.
Virginia Department of Transportation worker Jeff Gochenour tests a diesel- powered snowblower Tuesday in Stephens City.

WINCHESTER — Widespread panic didn’t quite set in among area residents Tuesday, but forecasters were warning of a snowstorm that was about to clobber the city today.

“[Winchester] will be on the…



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