More snow possible this weekend

Published 9:43 am Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sledding in Zuni during Thursday’s snow were, on sled at left, Josh Herring, rear, and Sami Herring, the children of David and Melanie Herring of Ormond Beach, Fla., and on sled at right, Samantha Albert, rear, and Erika Albert, children of Chad and Cassandra Albert of Zuni.

FRANKLIN—Western Tidewater could see more snow this weekend, but it isn’t likely to be as much as the region saw Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Lyle Alexander, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Wakefield office, said Friday a low-pressure system would likely bring less than an inch of snow to the region Saturday night into Sunday. Warmer temperatures coupled with a storm system off the coast are restraining the region’s snow chances, he said.

Alexander said precipitation would likely begin falling Saturday. He expects a mix of rain, sleet and snow. The NWS is calling for a high temperature in Franklin of 39 degrees on Saturday with a low of 30 and a high of 37 on Sunday with a low of 23.

Thursday’s storm brought about 2 inches of snow across the region, leading to slick roadways and school closings Thursday and Friday. Transportation officials on Friday were watching the weekend forecast.

“We’re kind of at the mercy of the weather forecast,” said Nora Chivers, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation. “At the point that we need to start salting and sanding or pushing snow, we’ll have crews on standby.”