Mostly cloudy skies are expected across Southwest Virginia for much of Thursday.
A system along the Gulf of Mexico is producing rain showers through the Deep South. However, Southwest Virginia will mainly see more clouds overhead from this system. A few spotty showers may try to make their way into Southside Virginia during the afternoon and evening. Due to the high-level cirrus clouds, the solar energy is being filtered and afternoon temperatures will be cooler, but near average, reaching the low to mid 50s.
A system to our north will cause a cold front to move through Friday. Colder air will filter in, winds will pick up, and wintry weather will develop west of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A few spotty snow and rain showers may make their way east of the I-81 corridor. Snow is mainly expected to the west with the highest snowfall totals being along west-facing slopes. 5 – 8″ of snow is possible in western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia and anywhere between 1 – 3″ is possible in portions of Bland, Tazewell, western Grayson, and west Wythe counties. A coating is possible in much of the New River Valley, but much of the region will see less than an inch of snowfall. Temperatures will be below-average for this time of year, only warming up into the 40s across Southwest Virginia. The gusty winds will make it feel several degrees colder.
The cold weather won’t last long. The snow will come to an end Saturday morning and the region will start to dry out. Afternoon temperatures will be near-average again, reaching the mid 50s in the Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia and Southside. The New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands will still experience chilly temperatures in the 40s.
The mostly clear skies continue into Sunday. Upper 50s and 60s return to the forecast for the afternoon. The mild temperatures will hang around into the beginning of next week.
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