What to expect with this upcoming winter storm

By Alan Auglis - Meteorologist

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - We began our Monday with sunshine, but ended with more cloud cover and even some showers.  Two different storm system will approach the area tonight into early tomorrow.  There will be a fine line with this storm system as to where the rain/snow line, separating where we will see no snow to where we will see a couple of inches at least.  And looking at the latest computer models, it does look like we will be warmer in spots, holding accumulations down.  We could also see some infamous dry slots, so we've adjusted the snowfall graphic.  Here's what we are thinking in terms of snowfall accumulation:

Roanoke: up to 1" (locally higher amounts possible say near Bent Mtn. and Catawba)

Lynchburg: up to 1" (that means 0-1")

Martinsville, Danville, South Boston, Charlotte C.H.: none

SML: coating possible

Bedford: up to 1" (that's 0-1")

Wytheville, Blacksburg, Pulaski, Hillsville, Galax: 1-3"

Mountain Lake: 2-5"

Lexington, Covington, Clifton Forge, Hot Springs: 3-6"

West slopes of WV: 6-8"

The moisture gets in here in earnest this evening, with most of if gone by the mid-morning hours of Tuesday.  The best chance for accumulating snow in the NRV and Highlands will lie from midnight-6 am Tuesday.  While areas along and east of the Parkway will dry out Tuesday afternoon and perhaps even see more sunshine, the mountains may continue to see some upslope snow showers through Tuesday afternoon.  Temperatures on Tuesday will reach the middle 40s.

Wednesday will see a mix of sun and clouds, but it will be a blustery day with highs in the middle 30s.  Wind gusts over 40 mph are possible on Wednesday.  We may still the chance for a few mountain (west slope) snowflakes on our Hump Day, but it wouldn't be much.  The best chance for these snowflakes will be in West Virginia.  Thursday will be mainly sunny and still chilly with highs near 40.  Friday will start out dry with some sun, but will end with more clouds, along with the chance for some rain.  It will warm a bit, with highs around 50.  Saturday will see clouds west, with more sunshine east with a few lingering showers possible in the mountains.  It will turn even warmer with highs in the middle 50s.  Sunday will be partly sunny with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.  Once again, a stray shower is possible in the mountains.  But we should be dry early next week everywhere under a mix of sun and clouds.  And by early next week, temperatures will likely be in the middle 50s.

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