Pinpoint Weather: Clipper to bring snow showers to the mountains Sunday night; short-term warm-up on the way

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Get ready for a wild weather week ahead that will consist of some mountain snow and a big warm-up that won’t last long.

Sunday will have a mix of clouds and sun over most of the region with highs in the 40s in the mountains and into the lower and middle 50s further east.

Winds will start to increase a bit as we continue throughout the afternoon. We’re not looking quite as breezy today than we were yesterday, but after dark, that’s when the winds will really start to ramp up – especially in the western part of the region and along the Blue Ridge. Late tonight, we’ll look for winds out of the west to be sustained in the 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35-50 mph – especially on the ridge-tops.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for the southern extent of the Blue Ridge from late Sunday afternoon through early Monday where winds could gust as high as 50 mph at the higher elevations.

It’s also late in the day and through the overnight that we’ll get a quick-moving clipper system that will bring some rain and snow showers during the evening before transitioning to all snow showers.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been put into place for late Sunday and into mid-morning on Monday for the western slopes of Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Highland Counties where as much as 1-3 inches of snow is possible.

When you combine the snow and gusty winds, there could be areas of blowing and drifting snow possible, so if you’re traveling, or planning to travel in this area, be mindful that travel could be difficult.

Lows tonight will range from the 20s in the mountains to the lower and middle 30s in the east.

The clipper system moves out of the area early on Monday which will allow the western sections to dry out but winds will stick around, though they will slowly lessen through the day.

The mountains may struggle to get out of the upper 30s for highs. Elsewhere, we’re looking for highs in the 40s to near 50 further east.

On Tuesday, we’ll start our short-term warm-up with highs largely in the lower 50s in the mountains and the lower 60s east of the Blue Ridge.

Wednesday’s looking even warmer with upper 50s to the lower 60s in the mountains and into the upper 60s to the lower 70s in the east.

Then, we’ll start a gradual cool-down on Thursday with highs a degree or two cooler. There could also be a few late-day rain showers passing through the area.

Friday and Saturday are both looking dry and much cooler with highs in the 40s in the mountains and the lower 50s further east.

So, this week will have a taste of winter and a taste of early fall!

Gary Boyer

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