Early winter blast to bring one-two punch of snow and cold to Southwest Virginia

Heaviest snow arrives late Friday night


Roanoke, Va. - – The system we have been tracking for the last week is taking on a different look this morning and now looks to bring a shovelable snow to parts of the area. Snow, mixed with rain and sleet and sleet at times will start to develop later Friday morning and really by the afternoon as the precipitation has to overcome very dry air.

Snow showers will be expected for the commute home this evening which could cause slick travel and reduced visibility. Especially initially, most of the snow will melt on contact as surface temperatures have been very warm over the last week or so. A lot of the accumulations you will see will be held to the grass and rooftops of homes and cars as road temperatures are very warm. Be on the lookout for isolated slick spots on your evening commute, but we are not expecting widespread problems on the roads through the evening.

Today: Snow showers developing. Cold with highs around 40.

Tonight: Snow likely with pockets of moderate snow, especially across Southside.

The best chance for snow to stick to the roads will be late tonight and overnight. A coating to an inch of snow is possible along and west of the Blue Ridge. 1”-3” of heavy wet snow is expected in the vicinity of the Blue Ridge with 3”-6” possible across Southside.


The snow moves out by Saturday afternoon, but fresh on its heels arrives a blast of cold and wind. At times Saturday evening, gusts will top 30 mph. That will send wind chills overnight and through Sunday morning to the single digits and teens.


Light snow will develop again along the western slopes. Another blast of cold arrives during the middle of next week.


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