Snow flurries in Blacksburg
The month of February is going out on a wintry note with snow showers Friday and dry and cold conditions on the Leap Day. Snow showers are expected to continue into the evening and then get another reinforcing shot of snow before sunrise. Accumulations will be generally confined to the NRV and Highlands and be in the 1” range. Above about 2500 – 3500 feet we may see accumulations in the 3” range, so traveling on roads above that level may be a bit snow covered.
The other feature of note tonight will be the cold air. Although most areas will not be seeing the snow, most will experience the cold conditions. Temps should drop into the teens and 20s tonight making this the third weekend in a row to start out on the chilly side. Not that surprising since it is still February. Good news is that the winds will not be overpowering but the air will be so cold that our Wind Chill Values will be dangerously cold in the Highlands and NRV.
Saturday, after starting out on the chilly side, we should stay that way as highs are only forecast to reach the upper 30s and low 40s. The Piedmont will see temperatures approach 50, so that will be our warm spot. Normal for late February would be the low to middle 50s. There will be plenty of sunshine to go around most locations. The NRV and Highlands will still see some clouds and flurries past sunrise, but not for long as high pressure moves overhead and clears that region out as well.
Sunday will be a mild and dry day with highs in the middle to upper 50s and possibly a few 60s in our eastern counties. Clouds will arrive late, but should not produce any precipitation. The winds will be generally light so enjoy the day as this should be the last dry day for a while as wet conditions are forecast through the middle of the work week.
Monday will see a mixture of clouds and sun with more clouds than sunshine. Rain showers will be returning and be off and on during the day. Highs will maintain a mild profile reaching the 60s most areas other than the mountains.
Tuesday will see more rain and a bit more widespread as well. The temps maintain a warm edge, topping out in the 60s again. Wednesday looks to be the wettest day of the week and the rain may be heavy at time and there may also be a few thunderstorms as well. Winds pick up ahead of the front that will help generate the rain showers. The flow of air will be from the southwest and allow another mild day with temps in the 60s.
Leap Day or Leap Year Day, February 29th, is added to the calendar because the earth’s orbit around the sun takes 365 days and 6 hours, so to adjust to realign the calendar every four years. There are some years that this does not occur, years that are divisible by 100 but not 400, and that will next occur in the year 2100. I know I will not be around for that one.
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