Big storm likely to sidestep local area

Posted: February 8, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The National Weather Service Thursday issued a winter weather advisory for the region from 4 to 10 a.m. today, but officials there say the worst of the storm will strike farther north.

Meteorologist Heather Sheffield, of the NWS office in Sterling, said Thursday that two strong low-pressure systems are set to bypass the Winchester area.

A low-pressure system to the north is bringing cold temperatures, and the one to the south has plenty of moisture. The fronts are set to join up over the Atlantic Ocean and dump a significant amount of snow farther north.

“No accumulation is expected,” Sheffield said, for the Winchester area, but a wintry mix was expected after midnight Thursday.

The forecast called for overnight temperatures to hover around freezing, she said, which could mean some sleet or freezing rain.

Sheffield added, however, that she did not expect any major problems with the morning commute in the area.

The main snow line is expected to remain between Pennsylvania and Maryland, she said.

The local area can expect “slowly rising temperatures” today, but the bigger news, Sheffield said, will be the wind.

As those two big systems pass by, winds should pick up behind them as a high-pressure system arrives over the weekend, she said. Gusty winds should continue into Saturday, while temperatures reach the seasonal normal in the low 40s.

Sunday offers the best chance for outside activities, Sheffield said, with the forecast calling for sunshine and highs in the low 50s.

Earlier in the week, the forecast had been for a pretty weekend both days, but as Sheffield said, “things change.”

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