Snow, sleet expected after midnight

Published 1:37 pm Monday, January 10, 2011

FRANKLIN—Wintry weather is expected to return to Western Tidewater Monday night, but residents probably won’t have to dig themselves out of this one.

“Overall, amounts aren’t going to be very heavy,” said Andrew Zimmerman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wakefield. “At this point, it’s just a minor winter weather event.”

Zimmerman said light snow showers could develop after midnight, mixing with sleet toward morning then switching over to freezing rain for a brief period after sunrise. Precipitation should switch over to rain by late morning and early afternoon.

The weather service is forecasting high temperatures on Tuesday in the mid-30s.

Up to a half inch of snow is possible overnight before precipitation begins mixing toward the morning hours, Zimmerman said.

The region also saw wintry precipitation Saturday morning, causing slick conditions on some roadways. Between 3:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., Southampton County reported six vehicle accidents. Between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Isle of Wight County reported 11 accidents.