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Western Loudoun could see a foot of snow in overnight storm Tuesday

Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Snow accumulates on the fence surrounding the courthouse in Leesburg Dec. 16, 2010.
Loudoun County residents in parts of western Loudoun can expect up to a foot of snow by mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Steve Goldstein, meteorologist for the National Weather Service said precipitation will begin as rain around 1 p.m. Tuesday and later begin to change to snow in the higher elevations of western Loudoun.

"By the time midnight comes, it will be all snow everywhere," Goldstein said. "As it stands right now it could be a heavy period of pretty wet snow."

The snow will continue overnight, with a forecast of at least 6 inches for eastern Loudoun, he said.

The snow is expected to be wet and heavy, which has the possibility of accumulating on power lines and tree limbs, Goldstein said.

The National Weather Service has already issued a winter storm watch for Loudoun, but it's expected to change to a warning.

"Our confidence is increasing that we're going to get a nice little spring snow storm out of this," Goldstein said.

In anticipation of the storm, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to be prepared and make sure their vehicles are equipped with a well-stocked winter driving kit.

The office is also asking residents to stay off the roads during the storm unless travel is necessary.

To keep up with current road conditions visit http://511virginia.org/Default.aspx; for statewide highway information 24-hours-a-day, call the Highway Helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD or check local traffic incident information at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/traffic.


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