Mountain snow returns Friday, winds pick up and temperatures drop

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The Commonwealth and eastern West Virginia will be in between two rather large storm complexes.  The southern storm system is responsible for giving us the high and mid-level clouds Thursday and into the overnight time frame while the northern system will give us snow on the Mountains starting early in the day Friday.  Both will combine to give us some gusty winds Friday and Saturday. 

Let’s talk about the southern system first.  This event will give us the potential for some rain in northern North Carolina but will barely enter the Commonwealth.  The rain that does cross the border will be light and be very short lived.  The low that is considered the engine of the energy will move off the South Carolina coast tonight and develop into a nasty Nor’easter off the coast of Nantucket over the weekend.  Our region will be getting some cooler air pushing in from the north from this event on Friday and Saturday.

The other storm, the one over the Great Lakes on Thursday, will push into New England on Friday.  The associated cold front will drape over the mountains Friday and push through Virginia during the day.  The result will be a good deal of snow in the mountains on Friday, with the winds ramping up in the afternoon and temperatures will drop.  Most of the snow will fall along the spine of the Appalachian Range, but some flurries or flakes will migrate east on the winds and speckle the skies as far east as the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel on 77 and 64 will be a bit troublesome, with the wind and snow combining to reduce visibility and jostle your vehicle around.  Snowfall amounts will generally be in the 1 – 3” range with a few higher pockets above 3500 feet in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.  West facing slopes are expected to be in the 5 – 10″ range by the time Saturday morning rolls around. Areas that don’t get snow will still be windy and cooler.

Saturday through Monday will be on the dry and mild side with temps warming a few degrees each day.  Saturday will be in the low 50s, Sunday in the low 60s and Monday will be near 70.  All three days are expected to be mostly sunny.  A few clouds linger on Saturday, but Sunday and Monday will be relatively cloud free.

Stay Safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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