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It’s a triple threat: Rain, snow, sleet

The infamous “wintry mix” in Sunday’s forecast is expected to turn to rain late Sunday or early Monday.

Amy Bettwy, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling, said the Fredericksburg area could have an inch of accumulation today—starting with snow at 6 or 7 a.m.

A mixture of snow and sleet is expected from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and then freezing rain after that. The high temperature will be 32 degrees.

The forecast for Monday is calling for rain, with a high of 44 degrees.

The accumulation may not amount to a whole lot, “but with the freezing rain . . . and some icing expected, it’s going to make driving conditions very hazardous,” Bettwy said.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews have treated interstates and primary roads with salt brine or chemicals in Northern Virginia and Culpeper, among other areas, according to a press release Saturday.

The crews will clear those roads first, followed by major secondary roads and lastly subdivision streets.

VDOT advises drivers to pay extra attention on bridges, overpasses and shady areas, which freeze first and can become very slick.

Residents can call 800/FOR-ROAD to report hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour customer service center.

For the latest information on road conditions, residents can call 511, visit 511virginia.org or download the 511 mobile phone app.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402

jbranscome@freelancestar.com

 

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