The region will be on the quiet side once again with a good deal of sunshine again Wednesday. High pressure continues to do well against any clouds that approach but will start to yield as we head into Thursday.
Thursday will be partly cloudy to start then becoming mostly cloudy late in the day as a weak cold front approaches. The front will help to generate some light rain and mountain snow late in the day Thursday and early Friday. The precipitation will fall as rain over the spine of the Appalachians first, then switch to some light snow Friday morning. Slick roads are anticipated and there will be some patchy black ice under the light veil of snow.
Friday will clear out quickly but even with a good deal of sunshine, the colder air behind the front will keep temps a few degrees cooler than on Thursday. Late Friday a dry cold front will push down from the north and the region gets significantly colder overnight into Saturday with lows well below freezing regionwide.
Saturday will be the set-up day for possibly a larger snow event that is slated for Sunday. The setup is the cold air that will get a foothold on the Mid-Atlantic region and provide the cold air necessary for snow. Saturday will be partly to mostly cloudy with the cold air in place under the cloud cover.
Sunday morning an area of low pressure is forecast to arrive from the south. This is still being cyphered but the case is being made in the meteorological community for a widespread winter storm to hit the Commonwealth Sunday.
What we do know is that snow is expected this Sunday and it will be mixed with sleet and freezing rain. The exact track of the storm is not yet determined and a shift east or west will mean significant changes in the precipitation type and amount.
Since the storm is several days away, we will not attempt to provide storm totals as they will change a good deal as the information becomes available the closer the low gets to Virginia. Bottom line, prepare for a wintry weekend and we will keep you informed of how and when this storm shakes out for us.