TONIGHT: Clouds linger overnight as a coastal low intensifies and moves to the northeast. The rain with that system will stay across the coast. Low temperatures drop into the mid to upper 20s. Next chance for wintry weather arrives Monday morning as a clipper and strong cold front moves into the area.
WINTRY WEATHER TO START WEEK
ALERTS: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Tazewell, Smyth, & Grayson counties from 7am-6pm Monday with accumulating snow of 2-3" possible. A Winter Storm Watch is in place Monday evening into Thursday morning for West Virginia & Mountain Empire due to a strong northwest wind and heavy mountain snow falling through mid week.
WHAT WE ARE TRACKING: A fast-moving clipper system and strong cold front will approach the region Monday. This will usher in much colder air along with the chance of rain and snow showers Monday into early Tuesday.
TIMING: This is a complicated part of the forecast. The timing of the moisture will determine the type of precipitation that will fall. As of now, expect the first round of moisture to enter the mountains around 8-9am in the form of snow. By 11am-12pm, the moisture will move into the Roanoke Vally & NRV with sleet and rain in the lower elevations and snow across the higher elevations.
As the system enters the Piedmont around 2-3pm a cold rain is expected with some sleet possible. On and off snow, sleet and rain will continue through the evening with heavy snow banking up against the western slopes of the mountains after 10pm.
AMOUNTS: The mix of precipitation will lower total snow accumulations for many. Expect 2-3" of snow across West Virginia & Mountain Empire including Tazewell, Smyth, & Grayson Counties. Areas along the Blue Ridge could see up to 1" of snow with a Trace elsewhere.
IMPACTS: The roads will be slick and snow-covered during the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes for areas along and west of the Blue Ridge. This will lead to hazardous travel conditions.
Temperatures will be very cold behind the snow and winds pick up as well. Daytime highs linger in the mid to upper 30s with overnight lows falling into the teens. Very low, dangerous wind chills expected Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
REST OF WEEK
The wind picks up behind this system on Tuesday and very cold air filters in for the rest of the week. Highs have a hard time getting above freezing on Wednesday and Thursday. Low wind chills will be a big concern Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
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