There is a cold feel to the region this week and that was punctuated by some snow in the Alleghany Highlands today. Not much made an impact on accumulations, but there was frozen precipitation floating to the ground none the less as some of the higher located locations. Rainy and dreary weather will define the day most locations away from the mountains. Mostly cloudy and chilly weather is here to stay, at least through the weekend.
Highs on this election day are expected to be in the low 50s most areas east of the foothills, and the upper 40s in the higher elevated areas. Cloud cover and light rain will linger through the day and eventually try to clear out this evening. The satellite images are showing a layer of low clouds blanketing the Commonwealth around mid-day, and may be hard to see this cloud deck clearing, but the region will be mostly clear tonight.
The clear skies and light winds will allow the temps to drop fairly quickly. This has the mercury in the thermometer dipping near or below freezing in a bunch of locations. The National Weather Service has placed areas that are still in the growing season (generally counties east and along the interstate 81 line) under either a Freeze Warning or a Frost Advisory. Areas west of 81 will be colder, but not in the growing season anymore, so no products issued.
There may be some icy bridges and overpasses in the Highlands tonight as the temps will be in the 20s and the wet roads may not have had a chance to dry out. Exercise caution and be on the lookout for some black ice.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny and chilly with temps in the low 50s again. Cold again overnight into Thursday, but clouds move in and slow down the cooling process. Cloudy conditions are slated for Thursday and some rain is possible in Southside. There is also a chance for some mountain snow in the Grayson County Highlands, but not much will accumulate. Similar circumstances to the Alleghany Highlands today, warm ground and barely cold enough to support snow.
Sunny and dry from Friday until at least Tuesday. Highs in the 50s this weekend, then back to the 60s next week.
Remember to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO (carbon monoxide) monitors when you push back your clocks this weekend.
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