The storm that will impact the region Monday will go from cold rain to heavy, wet snow. We've broken down some of the questions we've gotten regarding this event and how it may impact the region.
WHEN WILL IT START SNOWING?
It all depends on where you live. In the Highlands, look for the snow to begin around midnight (early Monday). Roanoke, Lynchburg and New River Valley can expect snow to begin around sunrise. That rain/snow line continues southward during the morning so that everyone should be seeing all snow by the afternoon.
WILL SCHOOLS CLOSE MONDAY?
It's very likely that many schools will close for the day as the forecast calls for snow to begin in the morning and continue through the afternoon. Most school systems use extra caution and don't want buses out on the road during the snow.
HOW WILL THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE BE?
If you're traveling north of Roanoke along I-81, the commute will be poor. The rain will transition to snow from north to south. The morning commute will likely feature rain changing to snow in many locations. However, since the transition will just be getting started in Roanoke, the New River Valley and Lynchburg, the roads may still be simply wet. That could change!
HOW WILL THE EVENING COMMUTE BE?
The evening commute would be the worst of the two as snow will have fallen through the afternoon and will still likely be falling through 7PM for some areas. Road crews will be working on main roads first, leaving secondary roads a snowy mess. Plan on a snowy evening commute and allow plenty of time to get from point A to point B.
WILL IT BE A HEAVY OR POWDERY SNOW?
This will be a very wet, heavy snow. Temperatures will be dropping during the day changing water into ice crystals with a high moisture content. Anything that falls would be a pain to shovel.
ARE WIND AND POWER OUTAGES POSSIBLE?
With such a heavy snow, power outages are certainly possible. Winds will turn gusty behind the disturbances Monday afternoon and could gust up to 25mph at times.
IS ANOTHER STORM ON THE WAY LATER IN THE WEEK?
While we want to focus our attention on this event, another system is being monitored for late Thursday night into Friday for the potential of more rain to snow mix. It is still very early and there are lots that could change between now and then.