SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA (WFXR) The persistent pattern of precipitation is ending and will be replaced by a much colder regime.  There will be an area of high pressure drifting in from the west, and that should provide us with a dry and cold scenario.

Winds will be from the west and northwest Friday temps will struggle to get out of the 30s.

There is a concern about dangerously cold wind chill values as the cold air and wind will combine to make it “feel like” the single digits in some Highland and NRV elevated locations. Remember to bundle up, wear layers and stay indoors as much as you can.

The NWS has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for portions of our Highlands. It begins at 6 am Friday and will last through Saturday morning.

Saturday will be bitterly cold at the onset then rise into the upper 30s to low 40s. Winds will start to relax a bit, so the sting of winter will not be as intense, but still cold.

Sunday looks quiet as a system pushes up the coast, impacts will be low, and the temperatures will warm up above our normal upper 40s and top out in the 50s.

The warmer-than-normal pattern will continue into the work week.

As for Phil, the Groundhog from Punxsutawney, he is calling for six more weeks of winter.  Yep, he saw his shadow.  Coincidentally, the Vernal Equinox, the official start of spring, is March 20th at 5:24 pm.  Coincidentally, only about six weeks away.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist