ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The storm system that brought some snow to Southwest Virginia is moving off toward the Northeastern United States this Friday. Although the storm is traveling away from the region, we will still deal with impacts to end the week.
While parts of Southwest Virginia saw accumulating snowfall, some spots didn’t see any flakes at all. There was a northerly shift in the storm track which allowed for a dry slot of air to move into the region. Measurable snowfall was reported mainly west of the Blue Ridge. Little to no snow accumulation occurred into parts of Southside, Central Virginia, and portions of the Roanoke Valley.
Any moisture on the ground or on vehicles will likely freeze due to cold morning temperatures in the 20s and teens. Patchy black ice is possible in areas that received more snowfall.
Another issue is brisk winds. Not only will the northwest winds carry in colder air, but these breezy conditions will also lead to low wind chills. When you pair the freezing temperatures with wind gusts up to 35 mph, you can expect subzero and single-digit wind chills. You don’t want to spend too much time outside Friday morning. Make sure to bundle up if you’re heading out. If you haven’t already, please bring your outdoor pets inside.
Wind Chill Advisories have been issued for several counties in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands through Friday afternoon. Highland and Pocahontas counties are under Wind Chill Advisories until Saturday morning. With the potential for wind gusts up to 40 mph, wind chill values as cold as -15 are possible in these areas.
Skies will become mostly sunny for Friday. Despite the sunshine, it will still be cold throughout the day. Winds will remain brisk with high temperatures reaching the lower 20s west of the Blue Ridge. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will have highs in the upper 20s and lower 30s.
For Saturday morning, we can expect our coldest temperatures of the season so far. Morning temperatures will start in the bitter single digits and teens! You’ll still want to bundle up for the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the 30s.
It will be a cold start to Sunday with morning temperatures in the 20s. However, it will be slightly milder for the afternoon with high temperatures in the 40s in the mountains and lower 50s elsewhere. Another round of precipitation is slated to impact the area. While some wintry mix is possible, this will mainly be a rain event. Drier conditions return for the beginning of next week.