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Area ready for messy weather


Don’t break out the snow shovels just yet.

The immediate Fredericksburg area should mostly be spared from the storm headed from the Midwest to the Northeast this weekend.

Precipitation is forecast to start falling across the region overnight and continue into Saturday morning.

But the area east of Interstate 95 is not expected to get very much, if any, accumulation of snow or ice.

The Fredericksburg area will get about a quarter inch of moisture, said meteorological technician Calvin Meadows, with the National Weather Service’s Sterling office.

The precipitation was expected to start about 3 a.m. and will taper off around sunset, Meadows said.

He said forecasters aren’t expecting freezing rain or sleet.

This would be the second time this week that the region could get a wintry mix. On Wednesday morning the area received a wintry mix as a storm dumped more than 1 inches of precipitation.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be ready to treat the roads if necessary, according to a news release.

VDOT crews will target I–95 and areas west of U.S. 301 in Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

Drivers should be alert for slick or icy road conditions, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which freeze first.

Meadows said the high Saturday will be around 42 degrees and the overnight lows will be around 29 degrees.

Sunday the high will be around 40 degrees and the low will be about 24 degrees and Monday will be similar with the high of 42 degrees and a low of 27 degrees.

He said there’s another low-pressure system approaching New Year’s Day, but it is too early to tell what it will bring.


Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413