Pinpoint Weather: Wintry mix will lead to slick roads and spotty power outages

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If you can avoid traveling today, you may want to do so. A wintry mix will overspread the area by mid-morning, leading to slick roads across the region.

Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain will impact the area through much of the day and into part of tonight. The precipitation may vary at times in any particular place, so most places can expect a little of everything today into tonight.

Snow and sleet will move continue to move in from the south, reaching as far north as the I-64 corridor around daybreak. The precipitation will be mainly in the form of snow and sleet or a mixture of the two for most areas this morning. However, the higher potential for the precipitation to be mainly or all snow this morning through tonight will remain north of I-64.

Much of Southwest Virginia along and north of U.S. 460 could see anywhere from 2 to 7” of total snow and sleet accumulation. Higher elevations in Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties could see as much as 6 to 12” of snowfall. Farther south will be less snow accumulation as it will likely mix with sleet and freezing rain, especially during the afternoon at times. Some areas south and east of Roanoke may see a transition to plain rain during the afternoon.

Ice accumulation will pose concerns. Anywhere from a tenth of an inch to 0.2” of ice accretion can be expected for most areas in Southwest Virginia, especially south of U.S. 460. Hazardous travel conditions are expected across the entire region. Spotty power outages are also possible.

The precipitation will likely end by around midnight, except for upslope snow showers remaining possible for the west-facing slopes of our higher elevations.

Be careful Thursday morning, as any moisture on roads and sidewalks may refreeze overnight.

Thursday afternoon, highs climb back into the 40s.

Stay safe and healthy.

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