Expect to see the snow continue to fall on west facing slopes of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties today and tonight. There will be two waves of snow with the second wave arriving tonight. The amount of snow that will be measured with each wave will add up to an inch or two but since the events are close to each other in time, there will be a total of 2 – 4” by Wednesday morning. This has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Weather Advisory for those areas. Couple the snow with the wind and there will be some reduced visibility as well as the slick roads. Another batch of rain and snow is moving across the SW corner of the region as well, travel will be challenged along 81 south of Wytheville at times today.
Wind speeds today are in the brisk category as they are moving in the 10 – 20 mph range from the west. Gusts may be in the 50 mph range. An advisory has been issued to deal with the locations of the most aggressive winds. This will jostle trucks around on area interstates as well as other high-profile vehicles so be aware of your surrounding while driving today and tonight.
Aside from the western counties, there will be a relatively dry pattern east of 81. The temps are also expected to be above normal today as well with the mercury passing the 46° mark in Roanoke during the mid-morning hours. Expect to see a good deal of sunshine in the breezy to windy weather today and tomorrow.
Wednesday will be windy and colder with a NW wind ushering in much cooler air. As usually is the case, there will be snow piling up on west facing slopes (as mentioned above) so the snow machine stays on. The area east of the mountains will experience gusts in the 20 – 30 mph range. Wind chill values during the day will be in the upper 20s to low 30s so be aware of the issues that are associated with the cold air. This will not be a bitter round of cold air and wind, but still enough impactful to outdoor pets/livestock if left unsheltered.
There will be a chance for some rain and freezing rain to arrive in Southwest Virginia early Thursday that may be problematic if you are traveling south on 81 below Marion. The rest of the region should stay quiet. So, other than that region, Thursday looks to be a dry pattern and in fact is the beginning of a nice dry spell that will last into the weekend. Temperatures should be hovering around the middle 40s the rest of the week and into the weekend, so near normal temps and dry weather is on the docket for the weekend.
The next chance for us to see some widespread rain doesn’t arrive until Monday.