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Winter storm warning issued; southwestern Virginia to be hit hardest

Updated: Dec 9, 2018

HENRY COUNTY – Heads up! A winter storm is heading our way Saturday night and sticking around until early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a winter storm warning in many parts in Virginia until 11 AM Monday.

Snowfall amounts could range between 8 to 12 plus inches with the most snow in Martinsville and the counties of Henry and Patrick. Areas along south and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains will see higher amounts between 10 to 15 inches of snow.

The arrival of the storm will take place just after the midnight hour of Saturday and will make an appearance after 5 AM Sunday morning. Roads will quickly start to become an issue after 12 PM Sunday afternoon. The heaviest of the snow will fall between the hours of 1 to 8 PM. After 9 PM, we could see a mix of rain, sleet mixing in. If that does happen, it would lower our snowfall amounts.

The storm system will be out of the area after 2 AM Monday morning, leaving road conditions difficult to travel on. Temperatures will be below freezing as the storm arrives and most of the day on Sunday. Overnight lows will fall to the twenties and teens, with a wind chill from time to time.

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