Wakefield issues winter storm watch

Published 1:06 pm Thursday, January 21, 2016

As of 12:45 p.m., a winter storm watch is in effect for Franklin and Southampton County. Residents can anticipate some rain, sleet, snow and winds this weekend. As of 11:19 a.m., according to the online report by the National Weather Service, skies remain mostly clear through tonight, then becoming partly cloudy with lows in the mid-20s and winds 5 to 10 mph.

For Friday, there’s a likely chance of snow or sleet late morning, but little to no accumulation, followed by rain in the afternoon. Highs expected in the upper 30s and winds 5-10 mph, with gusts of 20-25 mph later in the day.

Rain or sleet are expected in the evening, tapering off to rain after midnight; again, little to no accumulation is anticipated. Highs in the low to mid-30s and winds 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

By Saturday morning, cloudy and more rain likely. Though there’s a chance of sleet or snow, again there’s no call for any significant accumulation. Highs around 40, and still windy 15-30 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain drops to 60 percent.

That night, still cloudy with a chance of rain or snow in the evening, with a possibility of snow after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s, then the chance of precipitation drops to 50 percent.

Expect partly sunny skies on Sunday with highs in the upper 30s, becoming clear that night and lows in the lower 20s.

Residents are advised to prepare for winter storm conditions and stay informed.

For the latest forecasts, watch on www.thetidewaternews.com, and you can also visit www.weather.gov/wakefield.