ROANOKE, Va - – Cooler air continues to spill in behind our cold front that moved across the area yesterday. Even with the help of sunshine filtering in between some higher clouds, temperatures only reach the upper-40s Thursday.
The same cold front that brought us the cold Thursday will stall over eastern Virginia and North Carolina later today. This front will act as a highway for moisture from a developing area of low pressure to our south and west. The air should be cold enough to produce some light snow, mainly across Southside. The snow won't amount to much if anything as the precipitation won't fall heavy enough to overcome warm surface temperatures. We may see a dusting of snow accumulate on grassy or elevated surfaces, but there should not be any travel disruptions as a result of the light snow.
A clipper system slides through Saturday into Sunday bringing with it another round of light snow, this time for the mountains. A couple of inches of snow will be possible on the western slopes in ski country, but accumulations more than a dusting elsewhere will not be expected. A few flakes may make it into the NRV and Roanoke Valley, but won't amount to much if anything. Southside likely will not even see any flakes, but will get in on the cold.
While most of the area doesn't see accumulating snow with these two systems, everyone gets in on the cold. Highs on Friday will be held in the low-40s and will turn even colder by Sunday as the clipper mentioned above delivers a reinforcing shot of cold.
The coldest air of the season arrives during the middle of next week as air from the Arctic arrives.