Winter Storm Warning issued for much of Southwest Virginia ahead of Wednesday’s snow, freezing rain

Snow forecast may change, depending on the exact track of the system

Winter weather alerts for Wednesday, 12/16/2020

ROANOKE, Va. – Winter weather is on its way to Southwest and Central Virginia.

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands due to a combination of snow and ice. A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday for Southside and Lynchburg, where freezing rain in the morning will change to a cold rain later in the day.

[Check out Chris Michaels’ full breakdown for what we can expect with this system.]

Depending on where you are you’ll see no or very little snow to more than 6 inches!

Snow accumulation forecast for Wednesday, 12/16/2020

Because of how this system works, many will see ice, as well as snow.

“Ice accumulations up to two-tenths of an inch possible along the Blue Ridge,” according to the Watch.

That ice will make driving difficult and could lead to some power outages.