ROANOKE, Va. – Following one of the warmest Thanksgiving Days on record (for parts of the area), Black Friday starts with areas of dense fog, especially south of U.S. 460. Due to the low sun angle this time of year, it may take a few hours for any fog to clear up.
Once it does so, we see a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky. Temperatures will rise to about 60-65° in most of the area, making for a great day for any decorating or shopping you have planned.
The nice weather continues into the weekend, though we may not be quite as warm. A weak front passes through, with slightly cooler air behind it. We’ll be dry most, if not all, of the weekend. Any rain Sunday holds off until nighttime.
A strong storm system will emerge from the Gulf, while another system drops down from Canada. The system from the Gulf throws heavy rain our way, especially Monday morning, with thunderstorms possible east of the Parkway too.
Once these two systems “phase” together, we’re in for much colder air, strong wind gusts and mountain snow Tuesday. The strong gusts on top of the wet soil could lead to scattered power outages.
As for who sees snow next Tuesday, the mountains/west-facing slopes will likely face the brunt of the accumulation. This includes parts of Grayson, western Wythe, western Bland, Bath, Highland, Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties.
You may see some flurries/snow showers in parts of the Highlands, Roanoke Valley and New River Valley. IF you see any accumulation, it would be very light. This isn’t the kind of storm that drops inches upon inches of snow area-wide. The more forecast data that comes in, the clearer it is that the favored mountains will be the only spots to become a Winter Wonderland.