Pinpoint Weather: Next round of wintry weather late Thursday, much colder weather on the way

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Colder conditions and our next chance for winter weather are in the forecast for the end of the week.

Thursday will start dry with morning temperatures in the chilly 30s. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 30s and 40s. While some sunshine will peek out during the day, clouds will increase as a storm system approaches the region.

Rain and snow will move in from the west during the afternoon and evening hours. We could start to see snow in portions of southeastern West Virginia around 2 p.m. A mix of snow and rain should begin to impact areas along and west of the I-81 corridor by 4 p.m. Areas along and west of US 29 will start to see light rain around 4:30 p.m – 5 p.m. Portions of Charlotte and Halifax counties can expect rain after 6 p.m. Most of the snow and wintry mix should exit to the east around 3 a.m. Friday.

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. Totals less than one inch are anticipated for portions of Henry, Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Charlotte counties.

Regardless of snowfall amounts, we will deal with multiple weather-related issues late Thursday into Friday morning. Since the ground is already cold from Monday’s snow event, any snow that falls is likely to stick. Expect slippery road conditions Thursday evening into Friday morning.

Another issue will be the colder air moving in. By Friday morning, many locations will be in the lower 20s and teens. When you pair the freezing temperatures with wind gusts up to 35 mph, you can expect subzero wind chills. You don’t want to spend too much time outside Friday morning. Make sure to bundle up if you’re heading out. Several Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for the region.

Skies will generally be mostly sunny for Friday. Despite the sunshine, it will still be cold throughout the day. Winds will remain brisk with high temperatures reaching the lower 20s west of the Blue Ridge. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside will have highs in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

For Saturday morning, we can expect our coldest temperatures of the season so far. Morning temperatures will start in the bitter single digits and teens! Afternoon temperatures won’t be as cold as Friday’s, but you’ll still want to bundle up. High temperatures will mainly be in the 30s across Southwest Virginia.

Sunday will start cold with morning temperatures in the upper teens and 20s. However, it will be slightly milder with high temperatures in the 40s. Another round of precipitation will impact the area, though. While some wintry mix is possible Sunday morning, this will mainly be a rain event for the remainder of the day.

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