Be prepared for nasty weekend weather

Snow, sleet and freezing rain are all in the Fairfax County forecast this weekend.

So, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from midnight Friday night until noon on Saturday.

The weather service is expecting snow and sleet to begin after midnight tonight, then change to freezing rain before dawn Saturday morning. The freezing rain will change to rain by noon on Saturday.

Fairfax County emergency planners urge caution for slippery roads and limited visibility.

Here is the official text of the winter weather advisory:

DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE RIDGE TOPS OF THE
ALLEGHENY AND POTOMAC HIGHLANDS AND BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS THROUGH
EARLY THIS MORNING.

A WINTRY MIX OF SNOW, SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO
OVERSPREAD NORTHERN VIRGINIA, NORTHERN AND WESTERN MARYLAND AND
EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA LATER TONIGHT. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES
AND WINTER STORM WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO LINGER INTO SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE
CHANGING TO PLAIN RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES
AND WINTER STORM WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT.

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