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Cold, soggy weather Monday will kick off busy week

Another wintry system later in the week
Published: Jan. 24, 2021 at 7:16 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
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WEATHER HEADLINES

  • Few areas of snow/rain late Sunday evening
  • Cold, cloudy, and soggy Monday into early Tuesday morning
  • Watching Thursday for a potential winter storm

TONIGHT

A weak area of energy has brought light rain this evening. This will linger into the early part of the night before giving way to mostly cloudy skies overnight. Temperatures will likely remain chilly, but hold above freezing in the mid to upper 30s.

ACTIVE WEATHER THIS WEEK

MONDAY: A storm moving out of the deep south toward the northeast will cross the area Monday into Monday night. Models continue to paint a soggy picture with primarily a cold rain for our area during this period. However, there’s a chance for a wintry mix Monday night in valleys north of I-64 and along the ridge tops. Freezing rain potential will be there in these areas, though roads should hold up. Highs will warm into the upper 30s to mid 40s.

Wintry mix may mix in for higher elevations to the north.
Wintry mix may mix in for higher elevations to the north.(WDBJ7 Weather)

RAINFALL: Widespread rainfall of 1″ of rain is likely with isolated locations along and north of I-64 could see higher amounts. These numbers could adjust a bit depending on the speed of the warm front as it moves through.

A soaking rain expected for the start of the week.
A soaking rain expected for the start of the week.(Grey)

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: Behind the warm front mild conditions are expected, especially on Tuesday. Highs on Tuesday look to reach the 50s and lower 60s under mostly sunny skies. Clouds quickly enter Wednesday with highs likely in the 50s across the region. Depending on the timing, we could have another storm entering the region by late Wednesday night.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT-THURSDAY: A low pressure system will move out of the west and develop just to our south Wednesday night into Thursday. Models still are struggling to pin the timing of this storm’s development. An earlier development would favor more snow for our area.

For now, it appears the more likely scenario would be a transition from rain to snow for areas along and west of the Blue Ridge Wednesday night then spreading east into sunrise Thursday morning. Significant snow seems most likely for the mountains to the west and into the NRV. Elsewhere, there remains uncertainty for now. Stay tuned for more updates on this!

Snow is possible on Thursday.
Snow is possible on Thursday.(Grey)

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