Pinpoint Weather: 2022 starts off like spring, storms possible late tonight; snow for some by Monday morning

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The first day of 2022 started off wet for many with spring-like warmth by the afternoon as a warm front and accompanying showers pressed farther northward and away from the region.

A cold front is moving in from the west, but it may take some time before it moves in and works all the way through the region later this weekend. However, it will bring a return to more winter-like conditions behind it.

Most areas will stay dry until later tonight. Ahead of a strong cold front, showers and storms will become more numerous as it draws near this evening. Areas along and west of the Parkway could see a few strong to severe storms tonight. The main threat with any storm that becomes severe will be damaging wind gusts.

After tonight’s round of showers and storms moves through and out of the region early Sunday morning, a few spotty showers under mostly cloudy skies may occur with most staying dry much of the day Sunday. It will also be another mild afternoon for most, just not as warm as Saturday.

Another round of rain moves in after sunset before changing to snow in the higher elevations of the counties bordering the WV/VA state line. The rain will likely mix with snow a little longer for areas farther eastward towards the Parkway before changing to all snow showers overnight. East of the Parkway may see their rain mix with snow before a brief changeover to snow showers as the precipitation comes to an end by mid-morning.

Due to the recent warm weather, any snow accumulation, outside of the highest ridgetops west of the Parkway, will likely be confined to grassy areas and possibly elevated surfaces.

While the highest ridgetops (above 3500 feet) could see snow accumulations up to 3″, most areas west of the Parkway can expect as much as 1 to 2″ with just a dusting possible for some in the Piedmont.

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