ROANOKE, Va. – Clouds have re-entered the area early Tuesday morning, but should give way to a partly cloudy sky by the afternoon. Regardless, we’ll be chilly with highs in the 40s. That will also be the case Wednesday with increasing clouds and eventual rain showers by the afternoon.
Our storm starts as all rain Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night.
Come early Thursday morning, pockets of freezing rain will develop along and to the west of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will likely make for a slippery morning commute in at least parts of the area.
From midday onward, temperatures rise above freezing bringing an end to our icing threat.
Highest ice totals of .1″ or more will be around Bent Mountain and in areas closer to Interstate 64. A glaze of ice to maybe a tenth of an inch will be possible in areas east of I-77 in the New River Valley as well as other places close to the Blue Ridge.
While we’re not school superintendents, it’s possible that schedule changes occur Thursday. Power outages will be isolated and mainly confined to areas north of I-64 (Bath and Highland) where 0.25″ of ice or more will be possible.
We’ll warm up Friday under a mix of clouds and sun before colder air rushes in for the weekend. Any snow showers will target the west-facing slopes heading into Saturday.
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