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An early taste of winter for our coverage area

MARTINSVILLE– As the unofficial start of winter is still a month away, we may see a little tease of what is expected to come later this season.

The National Weather Service from Blacksburg, Virginia has a winter weather advisory for Martinsville and Henry County, until 1:00 PM Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Time Frame: We will start to see precipitation move in around 8:00-10:00 PM this evening, as it will start out as a rain. After 11:00 PM, the rain will quickly transfer over to a mix bag of rain, sleet, and freezing rain, as temperatures will be at or just below 32° degrees. During the overnight, the precipitation will develop into freezing rain and sleet, and then back over to a rain and freezing rain. By the time we approach morning rush hour (6:00-9:00 AM), temperatures will start to rise above freezing and develop into a cold rain for Thursday afternoon.

Portions of our coverage area, such as Franklin and Patrick County, could see more sleet and freezing rain throughout the day.

Temperatures will begin to slowly rise out of the freezing mark and the precipitation comes to an end later tomorrow afternoon and ending as few snow flurries.

Concerns: As temperatures will be near freezing, some areas could have a slicks spots in low-lying areas, where there are shady spots. A glaze of ice could appear on surface areas, such as decks, patios, sidewalks. The main roads should not be an issues, but a few sideroads may be affected. Also, power outages can't be out of the question.

Amounts: Rainfall could be over one inch and could prompt flooding concerns. For sleet/ice, between a few tenths (.10-.30) of an inch.

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