ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Much of Southwest and Central Virginia will stay relatively quiet weather-wise before a winter storm impacts the region during the weekend.
For Thursday morning, expect mostly cloudy skies with temperatures starting in the cold 20s. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 40s and lower 50s. A weak cold front will approach from the west, but little moisture will be associated with the frontal boundary. There is the chance for spotty light rain and snow showers west of the Blue Ridge later in the day. However, little to no accumulation is anticipated. Western slopes of Highland, Pocahontas, and Greenbrier counties could see a little more than an inch of snowfall. Overnight temperatures will be in the upper 20s and 30s.
It will be breezy and slightly cooler for Friday. Skies will partially clear at times. While the New River Valley and Alleghany Highland will have high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s, the rest of the region will have highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s.
It will be fairly dry for much of Saturday as clouds increase ahead of our next winter storm. It will be noticeably cold with highs in the 30s. Some snow make move into portions of the New River Valley late Saturday night.
The winter storm system will move from south to north starting Sunday morning. All snow can be expected at the start of the event before some freezing rain and sleet come into the mix. This is expected to be an all-day event. Some details still need to be ironed out. The amount of snow or ice that we see will be dependent on the storm’s location and intensity. Any small shifts in the storm’s track can impact how much precipitation we see. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to provide updates as we get closer to the weekend.
The main takeaway is that it will be a messy Sunday. Plan ahead. Travel is not advised across much of the Commonwealth. Power outages may occur due to snow and ice. The storm should exit to the north Sunday night.
Brisk winds and some mountain snow showers are in the forecast for Monday. Roadways will likely still be a mess from Sunday’s storm, so use caution if you absolutely have to travel. High temperatures will be in the cold 30s.