Significant winter storm featuring snow, ice coming Wednesday

Travel will become very difficult Wednesday with power outages possible too

Ice accumulation forecast for Wednesday, 12/16/2020
Ice accumulation forecast for Wednesday, 12/16/2020

ROANOKE, Va.*Winter Storm alerts are in effect for a large portion of the 10 News viewing area. *

Your Local Weather Authority has been tracking this storm for days. As we get closer to the storm’s arrival, there’s one thing that remains tricky in the forecast. That is the temperature above the surface. That will determine where snow cuts off and where the wintry mix begins. Regardless, an impactful and significant winter storm is likely in parts of our area Wednesday due to snow and ice.

Timing

This event starts between 5 and 7 a.m. Wednesday south of U.S. 460 as a combination of snow and ice (snow closer to 460 and ice farther south). Snow holds on longest in parts of Craig, Botetourt, Rockbridge, Nelson, Alleghany, Bath and Highland Counties.

FutureTracker - late Wednesday morning

As we go throughout the day, ice becomes the bigger concern. This will accumulate easily in parts of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Central Virginia too. For parts of Southside and perhaps parts of Lynchburg too, we may gradually change over to a cold rain Wednesday evening. If that happens, our wintry impacts will be more short-lived than our neighbors to the west.

FutureTracker - Wednesday evening

Some snow may wrap around the storm west of the Blue Ridge Parkway later at night, but things will come to an end by early Thursday morning. Still, expect the roads to be messy Thursday morning with gradual improvements to main roads throughout the day.


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