Today was a lovely, sunny day with temperatures above normal and a light breeze. That will not be the case Wednesday. A storm complex, currently well west and south of Virginia, will impact our area by sunrise.
The advent of the event will be a mix of rain, some snow, and freezing rain mingled in. The freezing rain, or precip that generates an icy glaze, will be mainly north of Roanoke and into the Highlands.
The accumulation of the ice will be about a tenth of an inch and should start around 7 am and end by 10 am. This will be replaced by a cold rain that should scour out any ice that has accumulated on elevated surfaces.
The rain will linger through the day, clearing from west to east in the late afternoon time frame. There will be some heavy rain over the Piedmont at times, and some gusty winds may become robust, peaking at around 40 mph or so.
Although the Storm Prediction Center has placed a portion of Virginia east of our viewing area, some Eastern communities may see some gusty winds associated with the line of storms expected to intensify over the Piedmont. But, the bulk of the intense weather should be east of Halifax and Charlotte Counties.
Here is how the weather impacts time out.
Clearing and chilly conditions are likely Wednesday night and the wrap-around moisture from the Northwest will be able to produce snow showers on the west-facing slopes of the Alleghany Mountains. This snow will linger into a good part of Thursday.
Most of the region stays dry Thursday, but gusty winds will be a fly in the ointment.
Cooler and dry on Friday with the next chance for rain will be Sunday.