ROANOKE, Va. – Temperatures near the surface remain very cold a system pushes in from the west Monday. While it is cold enough for snow at the surface, a warm layer of air at about 5,000 feet off the ground will change snow to rain for most of us. As the surface is well below freezing after days of being under the influence of a pure Arctic air mass, that rain will freeze on anything below 32 degrees. Untreated surfaces will quickly become slick. Just a glaze of ice is expected as warming temperatures will change the freezing rain to plain rain as the afternoon goes on, but it only takes a glaze to cause big problems on roads, sidewalks, and parking lots.
Behind this system a warming trend takes over. We’ll climb back into the 40s and 50s starting on Tuesday.
While rain chances increase to close out the work week, temperatures Friday could make a run for 60 before another batch of cold air arrives for the weekend. This next round of could doesn’t look as intense as our latest date with the Arctic.