Snow is ending but roadways may be icy overnight and into early Friday

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UPDATE: (11:30 p.m) Snow showers are ending and the totals are not all that impressive. Overnight there is a chance for us to see some patchy ice on area roads. Bitter cold night ahead is expected.

Special Weather Statement to address the icy and slick roads into Friday morning.

UPDATE: (6:00 p.m.)– Snow continues to fall in the southern tier counties east of the Blue Ridge. Snowfall reports of 1 – 2″ have been trickling in from Pittsylvania counties. More snow is expected to impact the region, but cold air is on the way and we may see patchy ice tonight.

UPDATE: (4:00 p.m.) — Snow showers are impacting the 58 corridor and there are some indications of accumulating snow in the Martinsville with snow on the grassy areas and on roofs. The roads are wet and may freeze up tonight as the temps are expected to drop into the 20s and teens.

Snow accumulating on grassy areas and rooftops

UPDATE (12:00 p.m.) — Meteorologist Kara Thompson talks more about our winter potential for Thursday.

Snow has been reported in Wythe County and Carroll County near I-77.

UPDATE (10:50 a.m.) — Snow is falling in portions of the New River Valley and Southside Virginia. Light snow has also been reported in the Lynchburg area.

Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for Southside Virginia and portions of our Mountain Empire until 10:00 p.m. Thursday. Accumulating snowfall could lead slick spots on the roads Thursday and into Friday morning. Use caution and slow down when traveling.

Wytheville Thursday morning (Courtesy: Three Rivers Media)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The potential for snow could cause some messy conditions on the roads, especially overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Schools in Southwest Virginia are already issuing early dismissals and closures for Thursday. You can see a full list of school statuses here on WFXRtv.com.

Clouds are increasing across Southwest Virginia, and we can expect a cold and cloudy morning. A system to our south will throw some moisture our way and over the cold air in place across the region. Afternoon temperatures will mainly be in the 30s throughout the day. This means we’ll see the chance for snow. The New River Valley may see some snow as early as the mid-morning hours, but generally we’ll see more of this wintry weather around noon and into the evening. There will be some bands of heavier snowfall, which could result in slick spots on the roads during the afternoon commute. Band of heavier snowfall are more likely along the VA/NC border in Southside Virginia and portions of the Mountain Empire.

As we head into the evening hours, the snow will make its way toward the south. By the end of the event, we could see 1 – 3″ in Southside Virginia and the Mountain Empire. 1 – 2″ is possible in much of the NRV and south of U.S. 460. The rest of the region may see up to an inch of snowfall, but generally less than an inch is expected. While we are seeing more measurable snow along U.S. 58, there will be greater impacts to our south in North Carolina.

Even when the snow is over, we’ll still deal with some concerns when it comes to the roadways. Temperatures overnight and into Friday morning will fall into the 20s and teens. Slick spots on decks and sidewalks are possible, so use caution when heading outside. Any moisture left on the roads may turn into black ice, especially on untreated roadways. These icy patches will probably linger into the Friday morning commute. Give yourself extra time Friday morning to get to your destination safely.

Friday will be dry with sunny skies returning to the forecast. It will still be cold with high temperatures in the upper 30s and mid 40s. The dry and quiet weather will continue into the weekend. Temperatures in the 50s will return for the afternoon. However, below-freezing mornings will still occur for Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the 20s.

Rain returns to Southwest Virginia for Monday as scattered showers move through the area.

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