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Spring begins in less than three weeks, but residents of Richmond County should prepare for at least one more shot from Old Man Winter later this afternoon.

Though its about 60 degrees with a light rain at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service predicts the temperature to drop steadily and quickly later this afternoon that could turn the rain into freezing rain and sleet.

The chance of precipitation is 90 percent with the wintery mix ending around sunset. The temperature is predicted to fall to 35 degrees around 5 p.m.

As of now, the NWS is predicting that there will be no impacts to travel at this time, but travel may become treacherous late into the night and into Tuesday morning. The temperature is predicted to 22 degrees, and any moisture on the roads may freeze leading to icy conditions on roadways.

The wind is supposed to pick up during the night with a northeast wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

The expected weather already has impacted one event - the kickoff of the RichmondFit program that was to begin at 5:15 p.m. at Cole Plaza.

The program will begin at the same time but has been moved indoors to cafeteria of FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital on Long Drive.

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