Pinpoint Weather: First snow of 2022 slated for the Monday morning commute

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Winter will return to Virginia Monday as a storm system brings the potential for snow across much of the region.

A storm system will impact the Mid-Atlantic Monday morning through the midday hours. Rain will gradually transition to snow from west to east between 4 a.m. – 8 a.m. For this event, two of the biggest factors when it comes to snow accumulation are ground temperatures and snowfall rates. It has been mild for the past several days, so the ground is still warm. However, models are suggesting periods of heavy snowfall will impact the region. The heavier snowfall may overcome the warm ground, which could allow for a couple to several inches of snow on the ground.

Snowfall totals between 3 – 6″ are expected along and west of the Blue Ridge. Locally higher amounts of 6 – 8″ are possible at higher elevations and along ridgelines. Lower totals are anticipated in Southside near the North Carolina – Virginia line.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for a large portion of Southwest Virginia. Heavy snow is expected at times, which may lead to travel issues. Drivers should give themselves extra time for the Monday morning commute. Not only will roadways be wet and slushy at times, but periods of heavy snowfall could lead to reduced visibility. Isolated power outages cannot be ruled out.

Winter weather isn’t our only concern for Monday. Winds will also pick up during the day. Wind alerts are not expected to be issued, but gusts up to 30 mph may occur. These winds will diminish later in the day.

Skies will begin to clear during the afternoon as the wet weather works its way out of the region. It will be a brisk and cold Monday with afternoon temperatures in the 30s. While Southwest Virginia is looking dry and clear during the evening ahead, it will get cold! Refreezing is possible in spots as overnight temperatures dip down into the frigid teens. Beware of patchy black ice Tuesday morning.

More sunshine and lighter winds are slated for Tuesday as an area of high pressure moves into the region. Despite the abundant sunshine, it will be chilly with high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s. It won’t get as cold Tuesday night, but temperatures will still be below freezing. Overnight lows will be in the lower and middle 20s.

Cloud cover will increase Wednesday as a front approaches the region. Overall, the weather will stay dry for the day with high temperatures in the 40s. Lows Wednesday night will be in the middle and upper 20s in the mountains. Lower 30s are slated for areas east of the Blue Ridge.

Another shot of moisture will impact the region late Thursday into early Friday morning. This is mainly expected to be rain showers, but brief periods of rain/snow mix are possible overnight Thursday as cold air surges into Southwest Virginia.

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