Snow Expected in Central Virginia; Storm Watches Issued

VDOT Preps

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it is prepared to handle whatever weather comes our way.

Crews spent the day Friday getting trucks ready to deal with the snow. VDOT plans to focus its efforts on the higher elevations to the west of Charlottesville, although crews will also patrol I-64 to make sure it is clear of snow.

Additional plow drivers will be on standby and will be called in as needed.

October 28, 2011

An early winter storm is taking aim on parts of Virginia and residents of Crozet and Afton should be able to see snow on the mountains.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch with accumulations of five inches or more possible in higher elevations. The watch stretches from southwest Virginia to northern counties.

Weather Authority Chief Meteorologist Travis Koshko said the snow line will be about halfway up Afton Mountain and clearly visible from Crozet and Afton.

The top of Afton Mountain is likely to get at least a thin blanket of wet snow. Volunteers at the Rockfish Gap Tourist Information Center say they had an above average numbers of visitors Friday, none even aware of the looming storm.

"There may be some people who are deciding to stay home with the announcement of some potential snow coming," said Wayesboro Tourism Director Katie McElroy. "But I do know some people are going to brave the weather and come out just because of how beautiful it is outside."

Koshko said the storm is very unusual for this time of year. He expected Wintergreen Resort to get a substantial accumulation although the lifts aren't open so skiers will miss out.

The Weather service says a coastal storm is expected to develop Friday night and move into New England on Saturday.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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