Soaking rain returns Wednesday with wintry potential in the mountains
Grab the umbrellas before you head out Wednesday
- Rain arrives around sunrise; exiting around sunset
- Light icy/rain mix in the mountains (along I-64)
- Staying chilly and breezy Thursday
Clouds continue to increase overnight with lows dropping to around the freezing mark overnight. Any rain should hold off until around sunrise Wednesday morning.
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Our next soaking system is coming in from the southwest bringing mostly a rain event to the region Wednesday. Since the rain is likely to arrive after sunrise, temperatures should nudge just above freezing, minimizing the impacts of any wintry weather expect for the mountainous areas along either side of the I-64 corridor.
Rain enters between 6AM and 8AM, impacting the morning commute. The system will keep moderate rain around for the afternoon and exit east between 5PM - 7PM.
Rainfall will be widespread and generally around .50″ for most areas. Locally higher amounts are possible
WINTRY MIX AMOUNT
A mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain is possible for the higher elevations along the Interstate 64 corridor. Snow and sleet accumulations up to 1-inch is possible along with a glaze of freezing rain (ice), mainly on elevated surfaces.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for the counties of Craig, Botetourt, Alleghany, Rockbridge, Bath and Highland in Virginia and Greenbrier and Pocahontas in West Virginia. These are the areas most likely to experience the wintry mix. We may also see some along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Bent Mountain.
END OF THE WEEK
Winds will turn strong behind the mid-week system, gusting 20-35 mph on Thursday. This will also keep the chilly air hanging around through the end of the week, but we will be dry.
Temperatures moderate some by the weekend with highs in the mid/upper 40s. That’s about where we should be for late January. We may bring back the chance of rain Sunday into Monday. There are some signs we may have a subtle temperature drop late next week.
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