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March 13, 2017

A foot of snow could fall overnight on Fauquier

Warrenton “most likely” will get 9 inches of snow, according to the NWS.
The heaviest snow will occur between midnight and 8 a.m., with rates of one to two inches per hour possible.
— National Weather Service
After the warmest February on record, winter will return to normal with an exclamation point this week.

Weather forecasters expect a mess Tuesday, with “a powerful Nor’easter developing” along the Atlantic coast, dumping as much as a foot of snow on Fauquier.

But, the storm could produce less snow here, depending upon a number of factors.

The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Storm Warning” for the region, including Fauquier, from 7 p.m. Monday through 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“Snow will overspread the area this evening and persist through Tuesday morning,” the weather service said. “The heaviest snow will occur between midnight and 8 a.m., with rates of one to two inches per hour possible.

“The snow will make many roads impassable and may produce power outages due to the weight of snow on tree limbs and power lines.”

The storm will produce wind gusts up to 25 mph, according to the NWS. Temperatures will hover in the upper 20s.

The weather service Monday morning released a map showing 9 inches as the most likely amount of snow in Warrenton.

The Virginia Department of Transportation on Sunday applied brine to Interstate 66 and other major highways in the region. The pretreatment prevents snow “from bonding to the pavement and forming ice,” VDOT said in a press release.

The agency has planned for 10 inches of snow.

Once the storm begins, VDOT plans to treat and plow roads around the clock.

“Motorists should expect difficult driving conditions on Tuesday morning and lingering snow showers into Wednesday,” VDOT said.

So far this winter, Fauquier County Public Schools have closed just one day — Monday, Jan. 30 — because bad weather.

That seems likely to change Tuesday. The school system has five “banked” days that could accommodate weather closings without a change in the schedule for this term.
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