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Plagued at home by sneezing, an incessant runny nose and watery eyes? You may be one of 40 million people who suffer from indoor allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Luckily, there are ways to get relief. With a bit of planning and a little extra work, your house can be a haven for those in your family with indoor allergies. Follow these steps to start breathing easier.

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It’s not just about miles: If you don’t drive your car a lot, your oil still needs to be kept fresh. Even if you drive fewer miles each year than your automaker suggests changing the oil (say, 6,000 miles, with suggested oil-change intervals at 7,500 miles), you should still be getting that oil changed twice a year.

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If you will not be using your car for more than 30 days, it’s important to fill up your gas tank. This may help prevent moisture from building up in the tank.

Friday's rain was streaky, 1-2 inches for some, sprinkles for others. Showers and storms on this Saturday afternoon will be even more sparse, possibly even non-existent in the Roanoke area, as downsloping northwest winds have a drying effect and dissolve some of the cells moving that may develop over West Virginia.

Rinse and repeat. Weekend rains have given way to partly cloudy, breezy and rather cool weather by Monday. The dryness will hold through Tuesday, maybe part of Wednesday, with high temperatures likely topping 70 degrees both days, especially in the Roanoke Valley and points south and east.

Dry air choked the moisture needed for significant snowfall in the Roanoke/New River valleys on Thursday, and early dry air aloft plus warm ground and an afternoon arrival of snow cut down totals quite a bit from what they could have been even in North Carolina, Southside Virginia and Hampton Roads. While many snow fans are restless in this area, some locations in North Carolina had not seen any measurable snow since the December 9, 2018, snowstorm, and ended up getting 1-4 inches of slushy wet snow in many locations with a few spots up to 5. Some of the counties bordering North Carolina and some locations west of I-77 got an inch or 2. It has all been melting away fast on this Friday.

2020 will quickly get on the scoreboard for rainfall over the next couple of days, as a low-pressure system tracks west of our region, bringing rounds of rainfall as it lifts Gulf of Mexico moisture over us Thursday night through Saturday. Between 3/4 inch and 1 1/2 inches of rain appears to be likely across our region, with some locally heavier amounts.

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