Preparing for snow

A VDOT brine truck motors along Main Street in Chatham Thursday coating the road ahead of expected winter weather during the weekend of Jan. 12.

A winter storm expected between Saturday, Jan. 12 and Monday, Jan. 14 has Danville and Pittsylvania County on a split forecast according to National Weather Service meteorologist Vance Joyner in Blacksburg.

"The gradient for rain, to a wintry mix, to snow is currently cutting right through the middle of Pittsylvania County," Joyner said, "The toughest area to forecast is at a transition."

Ice is expected from the storm and could form on railings and branches in addition to being a small layer underneath falling snow.

"The precipitation is expected to fall and freeze once it hits the ground," Joyner said.

Forecasts as of Thursday afternoon according to Joyner indicate the northern end of the county could see between 2-5 inches of snow and the southern end of the county, including Danville, could see 0-3 inches of snow.

"There's not much expected for this storm," Pittsylvania County Emergency Services Director Chris Slemp said.

In Dec. 2018, a snowstorm dumped over a foot of snow in the area.

Slemp said the storm predicted for the weekend of Jan. 12 is projected to be much smaller than the December snowstorm.

"I think we're in good shape," Slemp said.

In Danville, public information officer Arnold Hendrix said Danville Public Works would begin putting brine down Friday morning on all major streets.

Hendrix said public works was busy mixing brine Thursday.

Public works crews and Danville Utilities will be on stand by during the storm.

VDOT crews began coating major roads in Pittsylvania County Thursday.

Joyner said the area could expect to see a wintry mix beginning Saturday afternoon with temperatures in the mid-to-high 30s. 

Sometime Saturday night, the wintry mix is expected to transition into snow as the high temperature lingers in the upper 20s. 

"Sunday will not get above freezing," Joyner said. 

In addition, the snow may transition back to a wintry mix at times on Sunday.

Joyner said a wintry mix Sunday evening into Monday should transition into rain during the day before tapering off.

Monday will start off in the mid-30s before a slight warm-up to the lower 40s Tuesday. 

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