Clarke County school children may be having a difficult time concentrating on their lessons this morning as the season’s first snow showers whiten the ground in advance of the holidays.
As of 10:00am light to moderate snow was falling across Clarke County. Below normal temperatures have frozen the soil allowing ensuring that falling snow does not melt.
Virginia Department of Transportation had pre-treated Route 7 and Route 50 mountain crossings approximately ten days ago. Many bridges in Clarke County were also treated in advance of wintry conditions.
Today’s snow is not expected to cause problems with total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible according to the National Weather Service. However, motorists are advised to use caution in making travel plans for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The National Weather Service is already warning of freezing rain and snow beginning around 10:00pm EST on Saturday evening:
Saturday Night: A chance of rain or freezing rain between 10pm and 1am, then rain. Low around 32. South wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunday: Rain before 1pm, then rain and snow. High near 39. East wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
As always, with wet or snowy road conditions drivers are urged to slow down and use extra caution while driving.