ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team is already tracking our next chance for wintry weather later in the week.
Before we see our next chance for snow, we’re anticipating a cloudy Wednesday ahead. The day will start below the freezing mark with morning temperatures in the lower 30s and 20s. Although mostly cloudy skies will be overhead, it will be slightly milder outside when compared to the beginning of the week. Afternoon highs will be in the 40s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands while the Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will reach the lower 50s.
We’re keeping an eye on a storm system that will impact Southwest Virginia late Thursday into early Friday morning. Some sunshine may peek out during the daytime hours Thursday with a few rain showers possible late in the day. Precipitation chances will increase Thursday evening. With colder air in place, the rain we may see for the start of the event will quickly transition over to a wintry mix or snow. A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued by the National Weather Service for counties in the Alleghany Highlands and into the mountains of West Virginia.
Overall, higher snowfall totals are expected into parts of the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands, especially along and west of the West Virginia – Virginia line. Most of the Roanoke Valley and Central Virginia can expect 1 – 3″ of snowfall. Lower totals are anticipated for portions of Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Charlotte counties. However, small shifts in the storm track will impact these snowfall estimates. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to provide updates as we approach this event.
While there is the chance for some precipitation to linger into early Friday morning, the day looks fairly dry with more sunshine on the way. However, colder air will surge into Southwest Virginia behind Thursday’s storm system.
Morning temperatures will start in the freezing teens and 20s while afternoon highs will only be in the 20s and lower 30s. Winds will be brisk, leading to bone-chilling wind chill values ranging below zero and into the single digits.
Prepare for a frigid start to the weekend! Temperatures will be in the teens and single digits Saturday morning. Even with the plentiful sunshine overhead, afternoon highs will reach the cold 30s.