Get ready for another gray and dreary day.
Widespread showers will move into Southwest Virginia for Tuesday morning before becoming off and on showers during the afternoon and evening. Some snow showers will make their way into portions of the Alleghany Highlands for Tuesday, but mainly against the west-facing slopes in Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties. Temperatures will actually reach their highest value around noon with high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. However, those temperatures will quickly fall once a strong cold front moves through. Expect temperatures in the 40s during much of the afternoon as cold air filters in.
The rain changes to snow from west to east overnight Tuesday and into early Wednesday morning. When it comes to impacts, the west-facing slopes could potentially see anywhere from 2 – 4” of snow. Many locations will see wet snow melt on the warm roads. However, a dusting to an inch of snow is possible on grassy surfaces along the I-81 corridor. Despite low snowfall totals, it will still be a messy Wednesday morning commute. Icy roads are possible to our northern counties (Pocahontas, Highland, Bath), but otherwise many roads will just be wet. Precipitation and clouds will clear around noon Wednesday. Temperatures will only reach the upper 30s/low 40s for afternoon highs. Thursday will be sunny and cold as well.
Models are still making changes when it comes to potentially messy weather for Friday. Rain will move in from the southwest overnight Thursday and into Friday. Due to the cold air in place, we could see freezing rain early Friday morning. There is the chance for us to see about a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation on elevated surfaces Friday during the early morning hours. Travel will be negatively impacted since roads and bridges will be slick with ice. However, the freezing rain will turn over to rain which will help melt any ice that has accumulated on surface.