ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A strong cold front will approach Southwest and Central Virginia Friday with a coastal storm developing off the Carolinas. These two features will work together to bring brief rain, snow showers, colder air, and gusty winds to the region for Friday and Saturday.
Friday will start cloudy with morning temperatures in the freezing 20s. High temperatures will range from the 30s and 40s. Snow will move in from the west during the afternoon and evening. Precipitation may start as rain east of the Blue Ridge, but we’re expecting all snow by Friday evening. This event should wrap up before Saturday morning.
Light snow accumulation is expected with snowfall totals generally between 1-3″. Higher elevations could see amounts up to 5″. Although this won’t be a repeat of the Jan. 16 winter storm, the light accumulations could lead to slick road conditions. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for much of Southwest and Central Virginia from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.
We’ll still have to deal with winter weather issues even after the snow end. Winds will pick up overnight Friday into Saturday. Northwest wind 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph are anticipated. Higher elevations could experience gusts as high as 40 mph. Blowing snow may reduce visibility. Not only will the brisk winds potentially cause isolated power outages, but they will also lead to bitterly cold wind chills. Temperatures will be in the 20s and teens throughout the day Saturday. However, the blustery winds will make it feel like it’s in the single digits and below zero. If you’re heading outside, make sure to put on layers of clothing, a hat, and gloves. Winds will calm down Saturday evening.
A variable mix of sun and clouds will be overhead for Sunday. After a frigid morning with temperatures in the teens and single digits, highs are expected to warm up into the 30s and lower 40s. The dry weather pattern will continue into the beginning of next week.