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Rain, mountain snow and wind accompany Friday’s cold front

An arctic front brings colder air for the weekend
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 3:50 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 11:40 PM EST
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WEATHER HEADLINES

  • Clouds thicken but dry overnight
  • Snow and rain showers after sunrise Friday
  • Much colder (and breezy) this weekend

FRIDAY

We’re waiting on a cold front to move east into the region Friday bringing a variety of weather. The front will contain limited moisture but the cold air in the morning may allow for snow showers to mix in for the mountains.

TIMING: Any rain should hold off until after sunrise in the west, moving east into the NRV and Roanoke Valley before lunchtime. After noon, rain moves toward Lynchburg and Danville, exiting after sunset.

Rain and a few snow showers will arrive after sunrise in the west then move east through the day.
Rain and a few snow showers will arrive after sunrise in the west then move east through the day.(WDBJ)

HIGHER ELEVATIONS: The highest mountain peaks may see one to two inches by noontime. with another inch in the afternoon.

LOWER ELEVATIONS: At the lower elevations, plain rain, or a rain/snow mix melting on contact is more likely. Across the Piedmont, rain is expected.

The front will usher in colder temperatures Friday with highs only in the mid to upper 40s. Winds will also remain blustery, gusting 25-35 mph.

The highest peaks may see one to two inches by noontime, with another inch in the afternoon. At...
The highest peaks may see one to two inches by noontime, with another inch in the afternoon. At the lower elevations, plain rain, or a rain/snow mix melting on contact is more likely.(WDBJ)

THE WEEKEND

Weekend temperatures will barely reach the low/mid 30s in the mountains and the low 40s elsewhere. Lingering mountain snow flurries are possible early Saturday but we expect increasing sunshine for much of the weekend.