Minor winter weather expected through Saturday; MAJOR winter weather expected by Sunday
Turning colder into the weekend; a high impact storm still looks likely into MLK Day
A weak disturbance moving through the area into the end of the workweek will keep occasional clouds and spotty rain/snow/ice around overnight. Though accumulations look very minor at best (mainly across the higher terrain), slick areas can’t be ruled out. We’ll otherwise be chilly with temps in the upper 20s and low 30s overnight.
Winds will shift more out of the northwest on Friday, bringing colder air in for the day. Highs tomorrow will stay in the 30s, and we’ll still see occasionally spotty rain/snow/ice. Friday night will bring more flurries and lows in the 20s and teens.
Saturday looks chilly and breezy, with lots of cloud cover and highs in the upper 20s-low 30s. By Saturday afternoon/evening, widespread light snow may push in for a while ahead of our incoming Sun-Mon storm, but accumulations look light ( generally an inch or 2 or less) through most of the first half of the weekend.
A potent area of low pressure will bring a HIGHER IMPACT EVENT, starting with snow Sunday morning, changing to an ice/snow mix (with at least light ice now looking possible along and west of I-77). Any mix looks to change back over to snow into Sunday night-Monday morning, and for most of our area, this snow looks to accumulate quickly.
-Though it is too early for an official snow/ice map/forecast, higher totals of snow are still looking likely for most of the area. The heaviest snow totals look to be east of I-77.
-Snow will be the main precipitation type, but freezing rain/sleet have the potential to mix in (especially west) if enough warm air can intrude aloft, which could cut back on some on snow totals in counties like McDowell, Buchanan, Tazewell, Wyoming & western Raleigh.
-REGARDLESS OF AMOUNT, HAZARDOUS TRAVEL, LOW VISIBILITY, AND SPORADIC POWER LOSS LOOK POSSIBLE LATE WEEKEND-EARLY NEXT WEEK.
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