Pinpoint Weather: West slope snow machine continues, a breezy week ahead

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Off-and-on snow showers will continue the next several days, but will be limited to the western slopes.

We’ll keep the chance for snow showers in the picture along the western slopes into the middle of the upcoming week. Accumulations, though, should be generally light.

Elsewhere on Sunday, we’ll keep a few clouds in the picture with temperatures in the 30s to near 40 degrees west of the Blue Ridge – more like mid and upper 40s further east.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday looks cooler as we can expect to lose anywhere from three-to-seven degrees or so from Sunday’s high. We’ll also be noticing the winds ramping up once again into the 10-20 mph range over most of the region. The higher elevations can expect higher gusts. This should last much of the week.

Tuesday does look a bit milder as many areas should be close to 10 degrees or so warmer (40s west with temps a bit closer to 50 in Central Virginia).

We can expect clouds to increase a bit on Wednesday with a chance for snow showers developing across the region overnight and into early Thursday. This is a change from yesterday’s forecast when we were looking at the possibility of a wintry mix. This isn’t to say that a wintry mix still isn’t possible as we still have several days to continue to monitor for another chance to switch back to that possibility. Either way, Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning do continue to bear watching. It doesn’t look significantly impactful for the region at this time but we will continue to keep watch on future model runs. Plus, Thursday actually looks to be the warmest day of the week with temps in the 40s and 50s for highs.

We’ll end next week on the dryer side but temperatures do look to be trending cooler with highs closer to where they should be for this time of year (mid 40s in/around Roanoke).

We are in mid-January and this week, for the most part, will feel like it.

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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