ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Sunday’s winter storm will work its way into the Northeastern U.S. Monday. While Southwest Virginia won’t see as much wintry precipitation falling from the sky, it will be blustery and cold outside.
Any snow on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will mainly be along our west-facing slopes. Some spotty light snow showers may travel further east into areas west of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Otherwise, it will be windy at times with gusts as high as 45 mph possible. A High Wind Warning is in effect for Highland County and portions of the Blue Ridge. Many counties are under a Wind Advisory for Monday due to the gusty winds in the forecast.
Make sure to bundle up if you’re heading to work or playing out in the snow. Wind chill values will likely be in the single digits in portions of the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands Monday morning. By the afternoon, temperatures will be in the upper 20s in the mountains. Elsewhere, expect highs in the 30s.
If you are heading out Monday, keep in mind that some roads have not been plowed or have not been treated yet. You’ll want to drive with extreme caution, especially Monday morning. Not only will roads be slick, but sidewalks may be slippery, too. Any snow or ice that melts during the afternoon will likely refreeze overnight. Low temperatures are forecast to be in the lower 20s and teens Monday night.
An area of high pressure will build into the Mid-Atlantic Tuesday, bringing dry weather to Southwest and Central Virginia. Expect lighter winds and more sunshine with high temperatures in the 30s and into the middle 40s.
Wednesday will start with morning temperatures in the freezing teens and 20s. A cold front will approach the region from the west later in the day. Rain showers are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening. There may even be some snow showers on the backend of the front Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
A bit of wintry mix cannot be ruled out for Thursday morning, but the afternoon looks drier. It will get breezy at times as colder air filters into Southwest Virginia. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s.
Colder conditions are in the forecast to end the week. For Friday, morning temperatures will be in the teens while afternoon highs will only reach the 20s.