ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Cold air hangs around Southwest and Central Virginia as an area of high pressure builds into the Commonwealth.
Although dry conditions are in the forecast for Tuesday, we’re still dealing with the aftermath of Sunday’s winter storm. Patches of snow and ice may impact your morning commute, so give yourself extra time to slow down and get to where you need to go safely. Sidewalks and walkways will probably be slick, too. Morning temperatures will start in the 20s and 30s. Winds won’t be as gusty during the day, but wind chills are slated to be in the teens and single digits across the region. Make sure to bundle up and put on layers before you head out the door.
More sunshine is anticipated for Tuesday with some passing cloud overhead. It will be a few degrees warmer than what we experienced Monday afternoon. High temperatures are expected to reach the 30s and lower 40s. Skies will become partly cloudy Tuesday evening with overnight temperatures falling into the cold 20s and upper teens.
A cold front will approach the region from the west Wednesday. Afternoon temperatures will reach the 40s. While it will be dry for much of the morning, rain showers are possible Wednesday evening. There may even be some snow showers on the backend of the front Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Rain and snow chances will be much lower for the afternoon hours Thursday. Colder air will filter in behind the passing cold front, so some locations will experience decreasing temperatures throughout the day. Colder conditions are in the forecast to end the week. For Friday, morning temperatures will be in the teens while afternoon highs will only reach the 20s.
There is the potential for more wintry weather late Friday into Saturday as a storm system works its way up from the Gulf of Mexico and travels along the East Coast. There are several inconsistencies with the forecast models, so the forecast will be fine-tuned as we get closer to the end of the week.
We’ll definitely have the cold air in place. However, the storm’s track will determine how much snow we see in Southwest Virginia. For now, there is a chance for snow Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. Details still need to be ironed out when it comes to totals, timing, and impacts. More updates will be posted as we get closer to this event.