It’s Sunday but there won’t be much sun in the forecast as we get into the afternoon.
Pockets of freezing rain at the onset will be possible in the Alleghany Highlands and into the mountains of the western NRV.
This is what remains of a Winter Weather Advisory which is now in effect until 12 p.m. which includes Bath and parts of Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.
Any freezing rain, which should be on the lighter side, will transition to rain by late morning.
As we progress through the morning, the rain will begin to move into the region from the west. Rain will infiltrate the region by early afternoon. Rain could be locally heavy at times.
Highs will top out in the 40s in the mountains and into the lower 50s further east.
By tonight, the rain will begin to let up. As the precip starts to exit the region, a wintry mix again be possible in our mountain communities.
Here’s the tricky part. Lows will drop back into the teens and 20s, so wet roadways from the rain during the day on Sunday will freeze, so areas of black ice can be expected – especially on neighborhood streets and rural routes as well as bridges and overpasses.
Drivers heading out Monday morning should plan to leave a few minutes early, slow down, avoid fast braking and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
Starting on Monday, we’ll set up a dry pattern that will take us through the week.
We’ll start the week cold on both Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 20s and lower 30s in the mountains and into the 30s to maybe near 40 further east.
Wednesday will be a bit milder across the region with highs in the 40s and 50s with similar temperatures continuing Thursday and Friday.
Looking ahead into early next weekend, the chance for some showers will become likely across the region with temperatures in the 30s and 40s – not far away from where we should be for this time of year.
So, as you’re heading out today, you’ll certainly need the umbrella. It will be a wet afternoon.