Pinpoint Weather: Calm end to the week before winter storm impacts the region

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Southwest and Central Virginia will end the workweek on a calm note, but our eyes are already focused on the weekend.

A bit of frost may be on your car’s windshield Friday morning. Temperatures will start in the 30s and upper 20s with clearing skies overhead. A mix of sun and clouds can be expected for much of the day with high temperatures reaching the 40s and lower 50s. Overnight temperatures will slip down into the 20s.

Much of the region will stay dry Saturday. Skies will become mostly cloudy and it will be noticeably colder outside. High temperatures will mainly be in the 30s. A few snow showers cannot be ruled out Saturday evening, but our main event is slated for Sunday.

A storm system will pass by Southwest and Central Virginia Sunday. Due to the cold air already in place, we’re expecting snow, as well as some sleet and freezing rain. The storm system is forecast to arrive from the south and move northward. We can expect to start seeing begin in the New River Valley around sunrise or slightly earlier. The storm should exit out of Southwest and Central Virginia by early Monday morning. However, impacts will linger into the start of the new workweek.

This is forecast to be a significant snow event for areas along and west of the I-81 corridor. Areas along and east of US 29 will see the chance for some snow, but freezing rain may dampen snowfall totals. Either way, it is going to be a messy scenario across the region.

Winter Storm Watches have been issued across Southwest and Central Virginia ahead of Sunday’s storm. Snow and ice accumulations are expected. This will lead to slippery and messy roadways. Travel is not advised Sunday into Monday morning.

If you don’t have to go out, then stay home. Make sure you and your family are ready for this winter storm. Get any essentials you need ahead of Sunday. Be aware that power outages may occur due to snow and ice. Remember to continue to monitor the forecast. Watch WFXR News and download the WFXR News App to receive the latest updates from the WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team.

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