Cold temperatures are on their way to the 2 Virginias for most of the weekend. An ‘Arctic Blast' will arrive Saturday with temperatures falling through the 30s in the afternoon to 20s in the evening, then teens by Sunday morning.
This shot of cold air will be accompanied by gusty northwest winds and scattered snow showers and flurries. While most of us will see some flakes, no snow accumulation is expected outside the high terrain of western Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties-where 1-2 inches are possible by Sunday morning.
Wind chills Saturday night and Sunday morning fall into the single digits for many and stay in the teens through Sunday. The actual temperature will range through the 20s Sunday afternoon.
As winds calm and skies stay clear, Sunday night will be the coldest in this stretch with temps falling into the lower to mid teens. Monday morning will be frigid for kids on the bus stop!
Don't forget about your pets either! Be sure to bring them inside or make sure they have shelter with some heat along with water (that isn't frozen).
Another storm system will be gearing up for next week that may impact holiday travel plans. Low pressure will ride east across the Southeastern US Tuesday. We will be on the northern edge of the system, so we miss the bulk of it, but rain is looking likely Tuesday afternoon and evening. There are still timing issues with this storm, so if precip arrives Tuesday morning, then we could begin with a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain. For now, it's looking like everything holds off until the early afternoon, which would give us mainly rain.
As the low moves to the coast and a trough pushes southward, colder air will wrap in behind the storm. This would bring a mix of rain and snow, then a change over to snow showers.
We are still too many days away to talk snow totals, but it is a storm that needs monitoring. Mountains may have a better chance for accumulating snow. For now, prepare for travel issues of rain followed by slick conditions Wednesday. If you are traveling out of state, snow won't be much of an issue-it looks like just us here in the mountains will have that to deal with. However, the Southeast and I95 corridor will have a lot of rain to deal with, which will make the busiest travel day of the year a nightmare.
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