By Lynn R. Mitchell
Hold onto your hats or, rather, your snow shovels because the Valley is set to receive more snow on Thursday. Augusta County, as of Wednesday afternoon, was in the predicted 6-9 inch range. However, watch for variations as weathermen tighten the forecast in the hours approaching the storm.
The temperature at my house west of Staunton on Wednesday afternoon hit a high of 48 degrees. Overnight rains took away much snow left from the past couple of weeks but there is still plenty of snow waiting for the new storm. Misty rain continues under dark, gray skies.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has put the entire area under a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday. A winter mix is expected overnight that will turn into snow as colder air moves into the area.
WHSV TV-3 weather forecast says:
Snow continues Thursday. Moderate to heavy snow between 7:00a.m. until noon. Snow showers will become lighter and slowly taper through the afternoon. Forecast amounts look to range from 5″-9″ with locally higher amounts. Southeastern Augusta County looks like the area to see slightly lower accumulations as more sleet could mix in there. Travel will be hampered Thursday due to snow. Stay with the First Alert Storm Team for the latest. Highs Thursday only around 30°.
Not to fear … the cold temps won’t stay around long. Over the weekend it is expected to bounce back into the 50s as is typical of spring snows. This kind of weather in March is nothing unusual.