Another round of snow is expected to arrive in the Commonwealth on Friday afternoon with accumulations in the 1 – 3” range.

This event should begin in the middle of the afternoon and linger into the night. The snow will begin over the mountains and move east as the day progresses.

There are two factors that will be contributing to the snow Friday, first is a cold front that will allow the region to receive snow and not much rain, the other is an area of low pressure off the coast. The low off the coast is just far enough out to sea for it not to be a major problem for Western Virginia, but a concern for the coastal plain.

Slick roads are likely for the evening commute Friday as there may be a very short window of rain ahead of the snow. The rain may puddle and freeze in some spots under the snowfall, so icy patches are possible.

The other concern with this storm is the bitter cold air that will follow the snow and the blustery winds. There are some forecast models that have us down in the single digits west of the Blue Ridge Parkway Saturday morning and gusts near 30 that will make for dangerously cold wind chill values. Highs on Saturday will be in the teens and 20s regionwide.

Blowing snow is also likely Saturday as the winds will be potent enough for that to occur and visibility will be reduced on area highways and byways.

Clear and cold on Sunday with temps in the teens to start the day and into the 30s by the afternoon.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist