Pinpoint Weather: Cold pattern has returned, chance for light rain and snow early Wednesday

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The temperature ride continues with highs this afternoon about 20 – 25 degrees cooler than Monday. Monday saw temps in the 70s, today we will struggle to get to the 50s. Sunny skies in the middle of the day will yield to cloudy skies tonight with some light precipitation falling near sunrise.

The cold air in place is trying to set up camp and wedge against the mountains tonight. The clouds will keep the area from getting bitter cold but there is still a chance for some light snow in the Highlands and a bit of a mix in the Foothills then some light rain over the Piedmont.  The snow will be a concern during the morning commute as there may be some flakes flying over all of our major interstates, 81, 77 and 64. 

Although not expecting much more than an inch on some grassy areas north of 460, the roads will still be slick. Allow extra time to get to work or school in the morning, especially if you are in our northern and western counties. Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze up before the roads due to the act that they are cooled from on top and underneath. If there is some light rain or snow in the region Wednesday morning you may see elevated road surfaces ice up. Stay alert and safe.

The precipitation will be ending before noon most spots and there may even be some sunshine late in the afternoon. Highs will be on the chilly side, only reaching the middle 40s again before dropping quickly below freezing before midnight.

Thursday will see a mix of clouds and sunshine as highs one again only top out in the upper 40s. Friday will be a bit milder as the mercury in the thermometer moves into the 50s and 60s with some spotty showers in the region.

Saturday looks to bring a better chance for some widespread soaking rain, which is needed.  The warming pattern from Friday will continue into Saturday as highs may reach 70 in spots. Once the rain ends on Saturday evening, expect a dry and seasonable start to the new week with highs Sunday in the 50s.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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