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Black ice potential for some this Sunday morning; otherwise, a brilliant day ahead

Recent snowmelt has likely frozen overnight in the NRV, so be careful on the roads!

Black ice potential Sunday morning
Black ice potential Sunday morning (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Sunday! Warmer temperatures on Saturday allowed us to melt some of our recent snow. It’s completely gone in Roanoke, but 1-2″ of the white stuff lingers in the New River Valley.

Estimated snow depth as of Sunday morning (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The chill overnight has allowed for some of that snowmelt to freeze on area roadways. The National Weather Service has highlighted Wythe, Grayson and Carroll Counties as the most likely areas for black ice to start the day. Watch for slick spots!

We’re trending even warmer than yesterday today as many of you see highs in the low 50s. Look for abundant sunshine once again.

Sunday planner (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The big national weather story today is a winter storm bringing inches of snow from New Mexico to Mississippi. Winter weather headlines have been posted in eight states through Monday morning.

Winter weather headlines from New Mexico to Mississippi (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

At one point, it looked like this could be a potent weather maker in Southwest and Central Virginia. However, models are keeping most of the precipitation associated with this system south of us.

We’ll keep a very small chance for rain and snow showers in the forecast for Monday night, but this will be a low impact event.

Zone precipitation type forecast for Monday night (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The only other system to track this week will come in Friday, but I doubt we get much precipitation from it. Otherwise, look for a warming trend through Thursday, then a cool down into the weekend.

About the Author:

Justin McKee presents the weather forecast on 10 News Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. He also fills in for other meteorologists during the week.