ROANOKE, Va. – As of this posting, we are three days out from impending winter weather. One thing is becoming clear - it’s going to be messy.
The general trend is for there to be more snow to the north and more mixing to the south.
I’ve broken down a general time frame for precipitation types in each of our five zones.
More high-resolution (detailed) forecast data will be available in the next one-to-two days, at which point we can utilize things like ‘Future Tracker’ to show a more hour-by-hour estimate.
With this in mind, messy roads are a given from start to finish Saturday.
Freezing rain is in the forecast (see above). If that amounts to 0.25″ or more, power outages will be fair game.
School cancellations for Monday are 100% up to the school systems, but we could see that being a possibility.
The best chance to shovel snow will likely be north of I-64 at this point.
Ahead of Saturday, we’re tracking a very minor system that will bring a brief skiff of snow to the higher elevations near the Blue Ridge Parkway Wednesday.
If there is any accumulation, it would likely be less than half an inch on things like cars, decks, roofs, etc.
After the system passes through, we’ll notice the wind picking up and temperatures dropping Thursday.