Winter Storm Watch:
Issued at: 12:16 PM EST on December 6, 2013, expires at: 4:00 AM EST on December 09, 2013
- ...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late Saturday night through late Sunday night...
- locations...all of southwestern Virginia including Roanoke... Lynchburg and Danville. Southeast West Virginia...including Lewisburg and Bluefield. Northwest North Carolina...including the surrounding areas of Boone...Mount Airy and Reidsville.
- Hazard types...freezing rain. Some snow or sleet likely at the onset.
- Accumulations...snow or sleet accumulation of up to 1 inch. Upwards of 3 inches of snow in the Virginia and West Virginia Highlands north of Roanoke. A quarter of an inch of ice accumulation is expected areawide...with up to a half inch of ice accumulating along the Blue Ridge.
- Timing...after midnight Saturday night in the North Carolina high country...spreading north into Virginia and West Virginia by daybreak Sunday. The precipitation will then continue through Sunday and Sunday night.
- Impacts...ice will likely accumulate on trees and powerlines causing power outages. Roads may also become slick and hazardous...especially north of Roanoke where temperatures will be colder and more snow and sleet will occur.
- Winds...east 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
- Temperatures...in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.