Cold air is filtering in Southwest Virginia as we end the week, and it’s starting to feel more like winter.
Winds are decreasing for Friday and we’re starting off with freezing temperatures. Morning lows are in the low 30s and 20s. A few locations north of the I-64 corridor are even experiencing temperatures in the teens to start off the day. Afternoon high will reach the 40s/upper 30s, which is near-average for the middle of January. Clouds start to increase later in the day.
A storm system to our west will approach Southwest Virginia and impact the region Saturday morning. We’ll see a brief period of snow along and north of I-64 Saturday morning, but the rest of the region will generally see freezing rain to start this event. The best chance for freezing rain will be along and west of the Blue Ridge Parkway for the first half of Saturday. While Central Virginia and Southside Virginia could see a little wintry mix, they’ll mainly see cold rain for the second half of Saturday. Southwest Virginia will see a total transition to cold rain during the afternoon.
This is NOT a big ice/snow storm that we’ll see this weekend. However, the icy weather could cause slick conditions on the roadways. We could potentially see a glaze in portions of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, and into the Alleghany Highlands. Not everyone will see this icy weather. Localized higher amount as possible north of the I-64 corridor, where we could possibly see up to a tenth of an inch of ice. Even though we won’t see much when it come to ice amounts, use caution while traveling. Roadways will still be wet, and there could be isolated slick spots.
A few snow showers are possible along the west-facing slopes of the Alleghany Highlands Sunday, but much of Southwest Virginia will see skies clear and winds becoming blustery. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s/mid 40s.
Another cold front will move through Sunday, bringing winter-like air to Southwest Virginia. Dry air will be in place for the beginning of next week, but afternoon highs will only reach the 30s and morning temperatures will range from the 20s and into the teens.
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