Snow, bitter cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills, gusty winds, & poor visibilities threaten the 2 Virginias through Friday morning...
Low pressure moving northeast out of the southern Plains along with low pressure developing off the East Coast will help to bring some snow to the Two Virginias along with a shot of very cold air for Friday.
Many began Thursday with icy roads from freezing rain that changed to rain in the afternoon. Rain changed over to snow in the early evening, which was heavy and wet at the start, but will turn lighter and fluffier overnight as temperatures continue to fall.
As temperatures fall overnight, icy roads become a major concern. Underneath any snow, there will likely be a layer of ice, which will make travel hazardous.
Wind continue to increase overnight and gusts of 30-40mph are expected after midnight, with gusts to 55mph possible along ridge tops in Bland, Wythe, Giles, & Monroe counties. A High Wind Warning has been issued for these counties from Thursday night through noon Friday. Temperatures will bottom out in the high single digits to lower teens Friday morning and wind chills will range from 0 to -15 on high redge tops. Winds may also cause blowing and drifting snow overnight Thursday through Friday morning-also reducing visibilities.
Snow showers linger in the mountains Friday, bringing light additional accumulation to the higher slopes. Snow ends before noon for many and skies will gradually clear.
Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Summers, Mercer, and Tazewell Counties through noon tomorrow. This is especially for any westward facing slopes. In western Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties, 4-8" are possible through tomorrow. Other westward facing slopes will see 2-4". Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, and Buchanan Counties through tomorrow morning. Accumulations there will generally be about 1-3".
The WVVA Precision Weather team says the weekend looks milder and quiet for the first half, but another storm system with accumulating snow and even colder temperatures is on tap for early next week!
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