Pinpoint Weather: Winter storm exits; bitter cold air enters as lows drop to coldest temps of the season allowing wet roads to freeze tonight

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The forecast for snow certainly panned out for Central and Southwest Virginia.

Now that the snow has pushed out of the region, we’ll have generally clear skies overhead tonight which will allow for any wet roads and sidewalks to freeze over as lows drop down into the teens and lower 20s across the region.

At higher elevations and along the spine of the Blue Ridge, winds will also still be an issue as northwest winds in the 10-15 mph range – with some gusts around 20 mph at times – will help to produce wind chills in the single digits and lower teens at times. The National Weather Service has issued a statement stressing the need to be on the lookout for black ice. Most untreated roads have the chance to re-freeze tonight as temps dip into the teens and low 20s.

Remember, bridges and overpasses will freeze first. With temperatures as low as forecasted, any wet surface will easily freeze tonight. Black ice will certainly be an issue. Remember, black ice is very transparent, so the surface may look wet but with lows in the teens and 20s, any and all wet surfaces will freeze.

For Tuesday, we’ll see a decent amount of sunshine, though some clouds may linger in the mountains. Highs will warm into the 30s in the mountains and into the lower, maybe a few middle 40s elsewhere. This will help to melt more of the snow that fell; however, as we look into Tuesday night, everyone will drop back below freezing with lows generally in the 20s across the area. This will again allow the melting that will take place on Tuesday to refreeze again that could produce some slick spots – especially on rural roadways.

Wednesday will remain dry, though we will have more clouds in the picture. Temperatures will be a tad bit milder as well with 30s and lower 40s in the mountains and 40s to near 50 further east.

Into Thursday, clouds will continue with a few rain showers in the cards as we head into the afternoon (maybe some mountain snow showers). Highs look to be a few degrees cooler than Wednesday.

For Thursday evening, we could see more off-and-on rain showers mainly south of I-64. Between I-64 and Route 460, we could have some snow mixing in at times. Further north, into the mountains of the Highlands, rain showers may fully transition to snow showers. There could be some light accumulations possible there. We’ll keep an eye on future forecasts to see how models may change.

There may be a few stray snow showers early on Friday but by the afternoon, we’re looking dry with a mix of clouds and sun. Friday’s big story of the day, though, will be the cold. Many areas may struggle to get above freezing with 20s likely in the mountains and lower and a few mid-30s currently forecast east of the Blue Ridge.

Saturday looks dry but slightly milder. Sunday’s currently looking on the cloudy side with a chance for some showers.

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