Temps in the teens for many of us this morning - CM
An area of Arctic high pressure to the west continues to pump in some very cold, dry air. This will allow the wind to gradually calm down, as it gets closer this evening and tonight. Highs will be around 35-40° in the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg and Southside. We'll only be around 30-35° in the NRV and Highlands. As the wind calms down, overnight lows fall into the teens.
High pressure overhead will allow things to "warm" a little bit. Highs make their way into the low to mid 40s, under a mostly sunny sky. Lows at night will drop into the upper teens and low to mid 20s.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
This high pressure system will gradually move to the east, allowing a few more clouds to move in Thursday and especially on Friday. Highs will be in the 40s to near 50 Thursday and lows at night in the 20s.
Clouds will keep us in the 40s Friday, with showers developing by the afternoon, as a system developing east of the Rockies moves through. Lows at night in the 30s. This may also be enough to drag down some cold air and get mountain snow going late Friday, on and off through the weekend.
As our storm system passes east, it will have enough moisture and enough lift wrapping around it to generate mainly mountain snow Saturday and Sunday. This will produce quite the snowfall in Snowshoe and Quinwood, as well as Whitetop and Mountain Lake. It's possible that we see more than an inch of snow in parts of Bath and Highland Counties.
A few flurries/light snow showers will be possible in parts of the NRV and perhaps the Roanoke Valley, but accumulations at the moment would be quick and light, if any.
The wind behind this system will pick up too, especially late Saturday into Sunday. This should help clouds decrease for the second half of the weekend. Highs this weekend will be be in the 40s for most of the area, with the exception being the higher terrain. Lows at night drop back down into the upper 20s and low to mid 30s.